Nation's Nature Trail
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Park at the Laurie's Ledge Trail parking lot and cross the Upper Valley Road to access a spur trail leading 0.2 miles east to Nation's Nature Trail.
From the east via Brownville: Approach the KI (Katahdin Iron Works) Road on ME Route 11 either 26.0 miles south of Millinocket or 5.5 miles north of Brownville Junction. Signage for the Katahdin Ironworks Historic Site (KIW) may be missing, so check your mileage. Turn west onto KI Road. The KI checkpoint at the entrance to KI Jo-Mary Forest is 6.3 miles from ME 11. Stop and register (fee charged May through October $10 per person $6 for Maine Residents).
From the west via Greenville: At the blinking traffic light in the center of Greenville on ME Routes 6/15, proceed north one block and turn right onto Pleasant Street. After 2.0 miles the road becomes gravel. At 11.0 miles from Greenville, stop and register at the North Maine Woods Hedgehog checkpoint (fee charged May through October $10 per person $6 for Maine Residents). To get to Nation's Nature Trail, proceed 1.8 miles farther, then turn left on the Uppder Valley Road and follow past the signs to Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins. Parking is on the left.
This 1.3 mile yellow-blazed loop trail circles the area around Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins, passing through woodlands, wetlands, to The Pinnacle, and to the West Branch of the Pleasant River. The trail is over level ground except for one short moderately steep climb up to The Pinnacle, Each area that the trail passes through has its own distinct ecological communities. Twelve interpretive stations en route offer more information. A detailed trail brochures is available at the AMC's Greenville Office or at Little Lyford Lodge and Cabins. The trail is a 1.3 mile loop, or 1.7 mile loop including the spur to and from the road.
This trail is within 66,000 acres of conservation land owned by the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) as a part of AMC’s Maine Woods Initiative. The Maine Woods Initiative is the AMC’s strategy for land conservation in the 100-Mile Wilderness region. The Initiative is an innovative approach to conservation that combines outdoor recreation, resource protection, sustainable forestry, and community partnerships. Through conservation purchase with our partners, AMC permanently protected over 66,000 acres of land in the region, creating a 63-mile-long corridor of conservation land stretching from AMC's property near Greenville north to Baxter State Park. This land is open to the public for recreational uses including hiking, paddling, camping, skiing, and snowshoeing. Fishing and hunting are also permitted in accordance with state law.
Project partners include the Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, the Land for Maine’s Future Program, the federal Forest Legacy Program and the Forest Society of Maine.
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 AMC's Maine Woods Initiative online for more information or contact:
Appalachian Mountain Club, Greenville Office
PO Box 310
15 Moosehead Lake Road
Greenville, ME 04441
Phone: (207) 695-3085
Check for nearby geocaches to Nation's Nature Trail.
Leave No Trace Principle
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