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Trailhead

From the downtown Poland (ME Route 26) head south on White Oak Hill Road for 2.7 miles. Turn left onto ME Route 11/Bakerstown Road for 0.3 miles. Take the first left onto North Raymond Road and drive 1.1 miles until a parking area with kiosk is visible on the left.

Description

The Poland Town Forest and Bragdon Hill property comprise the Bragdon Hill Conservation Area. Well-maintained trails cross over streams with the help of bog bridges, and trails are well marked by blazes on trees and other natural features. Three different loops are possible by following each of the three different colored blazes. Interesting natural features include the town's largest Hemlock tree and large boulders located along the edge of the trail. Located at the height of land between The Tripp Pond and Middle Range Pond watersheds, the Poland Town forest is valuable for lake protection, wildlife habitat, timber harvesting, and outdoor recreation. The trails have been built cooperatively by the town's recreation department, town forester and other volunteers to provide a  rewarding outdoor recreation experience in Poland. More trails are planned for the near future so be on the lookout for additional trails.

Daniel Schellinger owned much of the Bragdon Hill property in the 1800s and ran a small hill farm. The New England Forestry foundation purchased this property from the Omega Wellness Group and Fred A. Huntress, Jr. in 2010. Mr. Huntress managed several forests for NEFF through his career with an emphasis on growing high quality saw logs. A discontinued town road runs through the middle of the 222 acre property, and is part of the easternmost trail loop.

Trail Manager

Visit the Town of Poland Recreation Department or New England Forestry Foundation online for more information or contact:

Recreation Director

Town of Poland
Recreation Director
1231 Maine Street
Poland, ME 04274
Phone: 207-998-4650
ssegal@polandtownoffice.org

New England Forestry Foundation
PO Box 1346
32 Foster Street
Littleton, MA 01460
Phone: (978) 952-6856
info@newenglandforestry.org

Comments

mainetrailfinder April 04, 2018, 4:23 pm EDT

We have made edits to the map to reflect the recommended trails. Happy Trails! -MTF Team

mprindall August 27, 2016, 1:57 pm EDT

The map here has some inaccuracies. First, the only reliable parking is at the North Raymond trailhead. Second, the trails that come out on the White Oak Hill road don't exist. The bottom one is the Bragdon Hill Road, a rutted 4wd track that once was a town road. The top one doesn't exist at all. At this point no trails north of the Bragdon Hill Road have been blazed for safe use. Hikers should check the kiosk at the No. Raymond Rd. for an accurate map of the area. Happy Hiking.

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