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Jeremiah Colburn Natural Area

This trail network provides narrow, curving, woods trail over rocks and roots. There are several notable old trees and signs of wildlife that make this a great nature experience close to downtown Orono.
Trail Activity
3.5 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Dirt/Forest Floor


Trails at Jeremiah Colburn Natural Area meander over roots and rocks through the old, mostly pine tree stands on the property.

Several fun features exist on the trails including an enormous white pine called "Big Old Tree" which provided the inspiration for the Orono Land Trust Logo, the so-called "Pineapple Tree" which features a pine and an apple tree growing intertwined together, and the "Porcupine Tree" which is recognized by the huge pile of porcupine droppings at its base.  

The property is also a great place to look for wildflowers and birds. A stream runs through the center of the property, and at the eastern end of the property, Sally's Field is mowed annually to maintain a field habitat.

A 0.7-mile long access trail connects the preserve with the technical park off of I-95 exit 196.

Other Information

Please observe the carry-in carry-out policy.

Dogs need to be under control of their owners. Horses use this trail and dogs need to be leased when walking by horses and the horse paddock (a connecting trail).

Trail Manager

Visit Orono Land Trust online for more information and a printable map or contact:

Orono Land Trust

Orono Land Trust
PO Box 4
Orono, ME 04473
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Trail Tips

Respect Wildlife
Avoid unwanted animal guests: store your food and trash securely and keep your camp clean of crumbs and spills.
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Trailhead Information

There are 4 trail-heads, each within 1 mile of the center of Orono. The most commonly used entrance is off of Forest Avenue.

Forest Avenue: From Main Street/US Route 2 in the center of Orono, turn onto Bennoch Road/ME Route 16 and then immediately onto Forest Avenue. The trail leaves Forest Avenue on the right approximately 0.75 miles from downtown: park on the side of the road. 

Forest Hills Terrace: Just beyond the Forest Avenue trailhead (about 0.9 miles from downtown), turn right into Forest Hills Terrace: park at the end of this short dead-end road and access the trail from here.

Winterhaven Drive: From Main Street/US Route 2 in the center of Orono, turn onto Bennoch Road/ME Route 16 and follow for just over a half mile. Turn left onto Winterhaven Drive. The trailhead is just under a quarter mile up on the left (after the seventh house on the left). Parking is on the side of the road.

Tech Park: Forest Avenue intersects Stillwater Avenue 1.6 miles west of central Orono. Turn right onto Stillwater Avenue, pass under I-95 and take the immediate right onto Godfrey Drive. Follow Godfrey Drive for 0.5 miles and then turn right into the Bank of America parking lot and proceed to the rear of the lot.

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