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Old Pond Railway Trail

Following a section of the old Maine Shoreline Railroad bed, this trail crosses wetlands that contain valuable habitat for bald eagles, wading birds, waterfowl, migratory shorebirds, and marine species in Youngs Bay.
Trail Activity
Snowshoeing Hiking
2.9 miles, One Way
Dirt/Forest Floor


This 5 acre site used to be an industrial/railroad site and has now been converted into a 3 mile trail used by hikers, cross country skiers, snowshoers, and dog walkers. Wormers and clammers use the trail to access extensive flats that form around Carrying Place Inlet, Old Pond, and Hills Cove.

Users of the Old Pond Railway Trail most often hike from the East Entrance to the Eagle Scout Bridge across Old Pond and back, which provides exceptional views and bird watching from the old rail road bridge, look for eagles, ducks, and in the fall, migrating warblers.

In the fall of 2009, some local Eagle Scouts worked to create a parking area off of the Point Road, to clear the first half mile of trail leading from this parking area, and to repair the trestle bridge making it safe and usable. Later, a second parking lot was constructed at the western entrance to the trail, on Old Route 1, via Kilkenny Cove, a property acquired by Crabtree Neck Land Trust, Maine Coast Heritage Trust, and Frenchman Bay Conservancy.

Other Information

LMF Logo

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.

Trail Manager

Visit Crabtree Neck Land Trust or Frenchman Bay Conservancy online for more information, or contact:

Crabtree Neck Land Trust

Crabtree Neck Land Trust
P.O. Box 273
Hancock, ME, 04640
Phone: (207) 781-3085
View website

Frenchman Bay Conservancy

Frenchman Bay Conservancy
71 Tidal Falls Road
PO Box 150
Hancock, ME 04640-0150
View website

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Trail Tips

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Camp at least 200 feet from lakes and streams.
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Trailhead Information

Eastern access to the trail is from Point Road in Hancock. From US Route 1, head 0.1 miles south on Point Road, and look for the parking lot on the right, across from the Hancock Town Hall.

Western access to the trail is from Old Route One in Hancock. From US Route 1, turn onto Old Route One (western intersection closer to ME Route 182) and drive 0.4 miles to the parking and access on the right.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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August 23, 2014
Excellent hike. Well marked with blue ribbon, easy to follow. Trees and brush make the trail tight, though. Also, be sure to bring bug spray, as the muddy areas along the trail are guarded by plenty of mosquitos.
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