Libby Hill Forest Trails are an ideal spot to "get away from it all". The entire area has been uninhabited since the late 1800's, and remains of a sheep farm from that era are at the top of the hill.
The network offers multiple loop options, and trails are open year-round for uses include hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, geocaching, orienteering, and nature study. Maps posted at the kiosk and at most intersections indicate your location within the network, and the colors on the map match the blaze colors of the trail.
The single-track trails (Lynx, Harold Libbey, Ghost, Outback) offer the most terrain and habitat variety while traversing through forested uplands and wetlands, over glacial eskers, and across a small stream into active beaver and moose habitat. Moderately difficult with several steep areas, these are the most remote trails, and as such, provide great hiking and adventurous mountain biking. In the winter, they are designated snowshoe trails.
The double-track trails (Turkey Trot, Moose Odyssey, Deer Run, Holmquist Hollow) offer easy to moderate walks or hikes in the summer and groomed cross-country skiing in winter. The terrain is mostly forested and gently rolling to hilly, with one trail, Holmquist Hollow, being very steep.
Trail-specific descriptions may be found at the website below as well as current trail conditions.
Mountain bikes are allowed except when ground is very wet and soft. Equestrian use is allowed between June 1 and October 31 on the Moose Odyssey, Deer Run, ATV trails, and Old Libby Hill Road only. Please check the most current conditions. Libby Hill is part of a wildlife sanctuary and hunting is not allowed, but hunters may be on adjacent land and trail users should wear blaze orange during hunting seasons. No restrooms are available.
Picnickers should follow a carry-in, carry-out policy. The trails are managed and maintained solely by volunteers and donations. Please consider helping out. Find out more online below or at the donation post at the parking lot kiosk - thank you!
Dogs must be leashed and are allowed on single-track trails year round, but are not permitted on groomed ski trails. Please pick up after your pet.
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 Libby Hill Forest online for more information or contact:
From I-95 Exit 63 in Gray, turn west (left) onto US-202/ME-4/ME-15/ME-26-A. Cross the I-95 overpass and turn right at the light to follow ME-26-A N. Go another 1.5 miles, passing a gravel pit and fire station on left, and turn left at the light onto Libby Hill Road. Parking for the trailhead is on the right side of the road at the base of the hill where the pavement ends. Additional parking during non-school hours is available in adjacent school lots.
The single-track trails leave from the parking area to left of the dirt road. The double-track and groomed cross-country ski trails leave behind the middle school. For these trails, follow the paved road behind school and then around the end of fencing. See map at the kiosk for all other trailheads around edge of school fields.
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