Perham Stream Birding Trail

Nestled between Saddleback, Saddleback Junior, Mount Abram, and Farmer Mountain, this trail follows the Perham stream providing views of the surrounding mountains and excellent wildlife and birding opportunities.
Trail Activity
Snowshoeing Cross-country-skiing Walking
2.20 miles, Network
Madrid Twp
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Grass


The Intervale is a low-lying track of land along the Perham Stream where fertile soils and easy access to water once supported an active and vibrant farming community of over 30 families. The Intervale lies between Saddleback, Saddleback Junior, Mount Abram, and Farmer Mountain, and today provides a peaceful retreat into the heart and splendor of western Maine's Unorganized Territories.

The Perham Stream Birding Trail is accessible year-round by foot travel only. Visitors can walk, snowshoe, or cross-country ski. The trail is set up with birders and wildlife watchers in mind, and binoculars are definitely encouraged! There are five birding “sub-habitats” along the trail, including field, alder thicket with hardwood wetland, mixed-wood forest dominated with hardwood, mixed wood with stream, and field/stream edges.

Other Information

Please respect our landowners' generosity with your quiet enjoyment. The goal of every visitor should be to leave zero impact on the trail.

Trail Manager

Visit the High Peaks Alliance online for more information or contact:

High Peaks Alliance

High Peaks Alliance
PO Box 987
Farmington, ME 04938
Phone: (207) 491-2750
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Trail Tips

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared to find your way home. Familiarize yourself with the area before you set out and bring your map and compass along.
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Trailhead Information

From Farmington, take ME Route 4 North to Phillips, turn right at the junction of Route 4 and 142. At the stop sign, turn left. Stay on Route 142 leaving Phillips and drive 2.5 miles, turning left onto the East Madrid Road at the Manzer sign. Continue 4.7 miles straight on East Madrid Road. The birding trail kiosk and parking are just beyond the small bridge crossing the Perham Stream, on the left side of the road, across from the white farmhouse (553 East Madrid Road).

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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September 06, 2014
Photo 5 is a viceroy butterfly. It mimics the monarch. It's wing flap is faster than a monarch's and it has a line across the lower part of the wing.
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