While wandering around the roads and paths among historic reproductions is alone a treat, the nature trails at Leonards Mills provide additional opportunities for an extended hike along Blackman Stream and through the nearby demonstration forests. The network of nature trails leaves the main campus next to the Hovel and starts as a gentle carriage road before splitting into four, moderately difficult single track trails.
Bridge Trail: This is an easy, approximately 15 minute walk along the bog on the grassy carriage road. Interpretive signs provide a self-guided nature trail describing the ecosystems and species found along the trail.
Red Trail: This single track, moderately difficult trail leads through the Woodland Preserve. It is about 1.5 miles, and takes about 35 minutes to complete the trail. Trees along the trail are predominately pine and balsam.
Blue Trail: This is the longest of the connecting trails. The White Trail heads left off the Bridge Trail in the opposite direction of the rest of the trails to loop back towards the Bean Hole Bean pit. A moderately difficult trail, expect to take about 50 minutes to hike.
Green Trail: This is a short trail that provides a cut-off for the Red Trail loop, a moderate hike, expect to take about 20 minutes.
The Maine Forest and Logging Museum was incorporated in 1960 to teach people of all ages about the forest and logging history of Maine. The general purpose is to collect, preserve and share artifacts, documents and stories relating to the history of the Maine woods, particularly the pioneer and lumbering periods. The museum is unique within the State in its focus on forest resources in a cultural context, through an interactive Living History format. The buildings, collections, research, and most importantly the educational and public programs are the accomplishments of hundreds of volunteers from and throughout the State of Maine.
The grounds are open during daylight hours. Please check the website for summer hours for open buildings. A $3 day use fee for those over 12 can be left in either the donation box on the kiosk, or in the donation box on the bridge. Campfires are prohibited.
Check out the museum's website for upcoming programming including Living History Days.
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The Maine Forest and Logging Museum is located off ME Route 178 in Bradley halfway between Milford and Brewer.
From Bangor and Brewer, take ME Route 9 from Brewer 4 miles towards Eddington. Turn onto ME Route 178 and follow towards Milford for another 4.5 miles. A large sign for the Maine Forest and Logging Museum will be on the left but the entrance and Government Road will be on the the right directly across from the sign. From US Route 2 in Milford, follow ME Route 178 south 4.8 miles to Government Road on the left (directly across from the sign for Leonard;s Mills on the right).
Follow Government Road to its end, bearing right at one point to following signs for the museum.
Park in the visitor lot and go to the gift shop just past the gate to pay admission
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