Jugtown Forest gives you access to a treasured part of Western Maine. This 5,000 acre privately owned working forest encompasses parts of Casco, Naples and Otisfield, and is open for recreation and nature exploration. The aptly-named Crooked River winds its way through our land abundant with healthy pitch pine trees. In winter, it's not uncommon to see dog sledders whisk along tote roads or a family snowmobiling on trails maintained by the Crooked River and Muddy River SnoSeekers Snowmobile Clubs. The warmer seasons bring a greater diversity of recreational uses, from hunting and hiking to horseback riding, blueberry picking and birding and, of course, canoeing and fishing on the river. ATV traffic is permitted from May 15 through Dec 15 on marked trails only (please refer to our rules online using the Trail Manager link below).
Please enjoy our miles of marked trails in accordance with our rules and regulations. We are happy to open our working forest to you and we encourage you to enjoy it safely!
In 1848, Hancock Land Company began their legacy by purchasing a 400-acre timber stand in Casco, Maine, part of what today is known as Jugtown Forest. Throughout this forest, trees were harvested and hauled to the Crooked River. When manufacturing became an integral part of the business, portable mills powered by steam engines were established, which traveled to harvest sites to collect trees. Hancock Lumber continues to responsibly manage their forests. Although the forest contains myriad tree species, the primary focus remains on harvesting and manufacturing Eastern White Pine.
To continue the learning experience, enjoy an interactive day of fun by visiting our Tree to Timber exhibit at the Children's Museum and Theater of Maine in Portland.
This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage.
Visit Hancock Lumber online for more information and a printable map or contact:
Edes Falls Road Parking Area, Casco: From ME Route 11, take ME Route 121 through Casco Village and turn at the Hancock Lumber Administrative Offices onto Edes Falls Road. Follow that road down about 1 mile (road turns to dirt) until you see the Jugtown Forest Trail Map Kiosk. Park outside the gated area and walk or ride in from there to enjoy the forest!
Ellen Drive Trail Head Parking Area, Naples: From US Route 302, take ME Route 11/Poland Springs Road approximately 1.8 miles, then turn left on to Cooks Mill Road. Follow that for 1.3 miles and turn right onto Jugtown Road. Ellen Drive is the first right, and the designated parking area is down 300 yards and is marked by a Jugtown Forest Trail map kiosk.
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