Heart of Poland Conservation Area Trails

The Heart of Poland Trails are a wooded network from Tripp Lake Road to the public library and lead visitors to a vernal pool, a quarry, rare white oak trees, and caves. 
Trail Activity
Walking Hiking
2.60 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Woodchips, Grass, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging


Cave Trail: (0.3 miles) This trail is named so because of an unusual geological occurrence of a small cave and a dike formation caused by molten rock millions of years ago.

Huntress Trail: (1.2 miles) This trail runs from Tripp Lake Road to the library and passes through forest and by a vernal pool, making it good for wildlife viewing. The Huntress Trail can be combined with other trails to create a loop or can be hiked as an out-and-back. 

White Oak Trail: (0.7 miles) This trail visits a small stand of white oak trees which are common in parts of Poland but not found north of here. Poland has the only White Oak Hill in Maine. White oaks were very valuable for ship timber in Colonial days.

Ricker Trail: (0.3 miles) The Ricker Trail connects to the Huntress Trail at both ends and can be used as an interesting alternative to the eastern end of the Huntress Trail, or can be combined with it to make a shorter loop from the library trailhead. 

Quarry Spur: (0.1 miles) This short out-and-back trail leads away from the main network and to a former stone quarry dating back to the early 1900s. It's a great sight-seeing addition to a walk on the network. 

Trail Manager

For more information about the trails, visit the Town of Poland online, or contact:

Town of Poland

Town of Poland
1231 Maine Street
Poland, ME 04274
Phone: 207-998-4650
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Trail Tips

Dispose of Waste Properly
Pack it in, pack it out. This goes for trash, leftover food, toilet paper, and hygiene products. If you brought it into nature, please bring it out.
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Trailhead Information

From I-95, take Exit 11 toward US-202/ME-100/Auburn. Turn right onto ME-100 S/ME-4 S/US-202 west and continue for 1.0 miles. Turn right onto ME-122 W (Poland Spring Road) and continue for 5.0 miles.

  • To Ricker Library trailhead: Turn right onto ME-26 north and continue for 4.0 miles, Ricker Memorial Library is on the left. The trailhead is behind and to the right of the library.
  • To Tripp Lake Road trailhead: Turn right onto ME-26 north and continue for 4.6 miles. Turn left onto Tripp Lake Road and continue for 0.8 miles; the trailhead is on the left.  
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