Noyes Mountain is one of the nearby peaks visible in the iconic view from Norway Lake's southern end. The mountain itself can be climbed to see this view in reverse. The Noyes Trail climbs 600 feet up and over the summit to a viewpoint immediately overlooking Mud Pond and offering excellent views north, west, and south. A little further beyond this is the Harvard Mine, a historic pegmatite mine popular with geologists and rock collectors alike. The distance from the trailhead to the viewpoint is 1.2 miles.
Additionally, the Old County Road Trail branches to the right off of the Noyes trail and can be accessed from Richardson Hollow Road just east of the trailhead. Bikers and horseback riders should stick to this trail.
Noyes Mountain is managed by Western Foothills Land Trust.
From the south: turn off of ME-26 in Norway onto ME-118 north. Turn right onto the Greenwood Road, after 3.3 miles on ME-118. Turn right onto Richardson Hollow Road after another 5.2 miles. The parking lot will be on the left near a field after 0.8 miles.
From the north: turn off of ME-26 in Locke Mills (5 miles from Bethel) onto Howe Hill Road. This road immediately crosses a bridge and then a set of railroad tracks; take the left just past the tracks onto the Greenwood Road. After 7 miles bear left to stay on the Greenwood Road. After another 2.7 miles, turn left onto Richardson Hollow Road. The parking lot will be on the left near a field after 0.8 miles.
Address: 182 Richardson Hollow Road, Greenwood
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Please stop by the kiosk and take a photo of the trail map.
Leave the kiosk and walk up the side of the field. Go past the 1st trail sign and up to the 2nd sign. Then go up the mountain until you reach the fork in the trail. (N 044° 17.477' W 070° 38.153')
I took the Perham trail because it looked shorter-that was a mistake. Not only was it steep but there were some 70° drop off. When I stopped at a lookout point, I went to get a drink and dropped my water bottle. It hit the hard crust and slid down the steep side of the mountain. It was a good thing I had another bottle. I guess I need to tether my water bottles. Once on the top the trail seemed to go down again but that is the way to the quarry-just follow the arrows.
I passed the last trail intersection (N 044° 17.455' W 070° 38.442') and headed toward the quarry overlook.
I finally arrived at the overlook and it was amazing.
On the return trip I took the Harvard trail--best choice--it is so much gradual and it brings you through the evergreen forest and over the peak (no view at peak). The trip down was smooth. I will have to bring my kids up this summer to explore the quarry.