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Follow ME Route 156 from Wilton or ME Route 142 from Dixfield to get to Weld.  At the intersection of ME Routes 142 and 156 in Weld, turn onto Center Hill Road. Drive approximately a half mile, bear left at the fork and continue up Center Hill Road for another 2 miles, passing the Mount Blue State Park headquarters. The entrance to the Center Hill picnic area is on the right marked by a sign. Turn right up the road past the ranger station. Parking is at the end of the drive on the top of the hill.

Description

The Center Hill Nature Trail is an easy half mile loop and self-guided nature trail in the heart of Mount Blue State Park. Leaving directly from the picnic area, this trail loops through mature soft-wood, oak, and mixed forest stands before returning back to the parking area. Breathtaking views of the Weld region, including Tumbledown, Blueberry, and Jackson Mountains, Mount Blue, and Weld Lake can be seen from several places along the trail including the picnic area and Center Hill Ledges.

A brochure available at a kiosk near the trailhead highlights several of the interesting historic, geological, and natural features along the trail making for a unique and informative experience, especially for kids. The picnic area and parking open hours are 9:00 am to sunset. Dogs must be leashed, and owners must clean up after their pets. Pets may not be left unattended.

Trail Manager

Visit Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands online for more information or contact:

Park Manager

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Mount Blue State Park
Park Manager
299 Center Hill Road
Weld, ME 04285
Phone: (207) 585-2261
bruce.farnham@maine.gov

Comments

navyswomom June 13, 2016, 4:50 pm EDT

Center Hill is a great starter hike for families in Weld (and the easiest), offering good trails, education pamphlet, and beautiful views. Trail can be sloppy with slick granite rocks during mud season, but passable.

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