Approximately 12 miles of trails meander through these 950 forested acres and along the Ducktrap River. These trails may be used for hiking, snowshoeing and x-country skiing. Snowmobiling and bicycling are restricted to Tanglewood Road and Whitney Road. ATV usage and horseback riding are not allowed.
The Forest Loop Trail (3 miles) completely encircles the interior of the property, affording a comprehensive view of the many habitats it includes. The trail includes several moderately steep slopes. Snowmobiles utilize a short segment of the trail between swinging bridge and camp parking lot. Most other trails on the property connect with the Forest Loop Trail.
The Turner Falls Trail (1.75 miles) begins at the watertower and winds through old growth spruce forest. There is a steep descent to the Ducktrap River, where it joins with the River Trail before reaching the falls.
The River Trail (1 mile) parallels the pristine Ducktrap River, home of the Atlantic Salmon, as well as a section of Black Brook. The trail crosses behind the camp village. It gains in elevation to the west of the Ducktrap River.
The Old Boundary Trail (0.5 miles) leaves the Ducktrap River Trail near the pond and gains elevation to its junction with the Forest Loop Trail. Along the way, one may observe old growth trees left from the 1900s logging operation. Traveling northeast on this trail offers the skier a fast downhill run.
The Nature Trail (0.75 miles) begins at the Ducktrap River Trail near the footbridge and pond. A portion of this trail joins the River Trail along Black Brook and the Ducktrap River. The trail traverses many habitats including the river, a vernal pool, sphagnum bog, natural white pine stand and mixed woods.
The Whitney Trail (1 mile) along Whitney Road is the main trail in the network, and is a multi-use trail for hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Dog owners can exercise their pets on Whitney Road. Please note: side spurs of the trail are off-limits to bikes and snowmobiles.
The TREES Trail (1,000 feet) is a handicapped accessible self-guided interpretative trail, beginning on the Watertower Road. The loop travels through various parts of the Yankee Woodlot Forest Demonstration area and indicates how removal of over-mature and defective trees can provide an opportunity to establish younger growth of trees. Total walking time is 45-60 minutes.
The Tanglewood Road from the main gate to camp serves as a multiuse trail in winter for skiing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, hiking, and biking. Classic style skiers please stay in tracks on the side of the road.
Tanglewood 4-H Camp and Learning Center is a creative partnership between the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Tanglewood Camp and Learning Center, Inc. The property is part of Camden Hills State Park and is leased by the University of Maine for the purpose of conducting outdoor educational programs. Tanglewood’s mission is to teach Maine youth and adults to be effective and caring citizens of the earth through affordable environmental education and nature-based experiences.
For more information, visit the 4-H Learning Centers at Tanglewood & Blueberry Cove website, or contact:
Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Camden Hills State Park
From the south, take US-1 from Camden 4.7 miles north to Lincolnville Beach, then continue another mile past Lincolnville Beach and turn left on Ducktrap Road.
From the north, take US-1 south to Lincolnville, for 11.7 miles to Ducktrap Road on the right.
Go 0.7 miles on Ducktrap Road to Tanglewood Road, the first gravel road on right. A Tanglewood sign marks this intersection. Proceed 0.8 miles to the turnaround at a gate. Please park on the right side of the turnaround. The trailhead is at the kiosk.
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