While wandering around the roads and paths among historic reproductions is alone a treat, the nature trails at the Maine Forest and Logging Museum provide additional opportunities for an extended hike along Blackman Stream and then off into the Museum's forest. The trails leave the main campus next to the Hovel, starting as a gentle carriage road, the Nature Trail. The Blue Trail splits off from it and is a moderately difficult single track trail.
Nature Trail (30 minutes)
Moderate trail along Blackman Stream with interpretive nature signs. Trail begins near the blacksmith shop hovel. As of April 2020, this trail is free of blowdowns.
Blue Trail (60 minutes)
More challenging trail through old growth forest. Trail branches off Nature Trail and ends near the bean pit area. Marked with blue blazes. As of April 2020, this trail has not been cleared of blowdowns.
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.
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The Maine Forest and Logging Museum is located off ME-178 in Bradley halfway between Milford and Brewer.
From Bangor and Brewer, take ME-9 from Brewer 4 miles towards Eddington. Turn onto ME-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-2 in Milford, follow ME-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 parking lot and pay admission in the donations boxes located on the kiosk or on the covered bridge.
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