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Maine Forest and Logging Museum

This network of trails provides looping wooded trails intermingled with the unique paths and historic reproductions of the Maine Forest and Logging Museum at Leonard's Mills. 
Trail Activity
2.4 miles, Network
Easy, Moderate
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone
Not Permitted


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.

Other Information

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.

Trail Manager

Visit Maine Forest and Logging Museum online for more information or contact:

Maine Forest and Logging Museum

Maine Forest and Logging Museum
PO Box 104
Bradley, ME 04411
Phone: (207) 974-6278
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Trailhead Information

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

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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February 03, 2017
The grounds are open all winter--beware of ice conditions. The part of the trail that passed onto the Penobscot Experimental Forest is closed due to plant research. There is a donation box on the kiosk and also the covered bridge. Day use fee of $3 for those over 12 is appreciated!
Below is a link to a movie of the nature trail:
Here are some photos from the end of the white trail.
February 03, 2017
The Second Blackman Stream Alewife Cross Country Run will be May 20, 2017 at the SPRING RUN event at the Maine forest and Logging Museum. Registration will be available on the website. Everything on the run--people, 500,000+ alewives, sawmills and the Lombard log hauler! Race at 8:30, event until 4.
March 29, 2016
The first ever Blackman Stream Alewife Cross Country Run will be May 21, 2016. The 3.8 mile run starts on the museum grounds and heads out into the Penobscot Experimental Forest. Race entries available on our website, Part of Spring Run--the alewives (some smoked!) and the Lombard log hauler will be running too! Race 8:30, event 10-4.
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