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Wilhelm Reich Museum Trails

A network of 3.3 miles of woodland nature trails offers easy to moderate hiking year-round among the 175 acres of woods and rocky hills once the home and laboratory of controversial scientist and physician Wilhelm Reich.
Trail Activity
Length
3.3 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy
Town
Rangeley
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

The trail network is part of the Orgonon Estate, the home of controversial scientist and physician Wilhelm Reich. The 3.3 miles of woodland nature trails provide easy to moderate walking and hiking year-round. The trails highlight many of the interesting features of the property including Wilhelm Reich’s laboratory and observatory, his tomb, an outdoor classroom, and a trail of famous quotes. The trails are open daily and free of charge from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and a paper map of the trails is available at the conference center near the parking lot. During the summer,the grounds are open for picnicking and the center provides natural science programs for the public. In addition, the Orgone Energy Observatory and Museum are open for visitors and provide additional details on the life and work of Dr. Reich.

Other Information

Wilhelm Reich (1897-1957) grew up in Austria and was a student of and greatly influenced by the famous psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud. Reich fled Europe and Nazi persecution during the 1930s eventually settling in the United States. In 1942, he purchased this farm in Rangeley and named it Orgonon for the biological energy to which he devoted his studies.

The observatory and museum documenting the life and work of Wilhelm Reich is only open in the summer months. 

Dogs are allowed on the trails, but please call first if you are bringing dogs so that the owners can keep theirs inside to avoid any problems.

Trail Manager

Visit the Wilhelm Reich Museum online for more information or contact:

Wilhelm Reich Museum
Orgonon
Dodge Pond Road
PO Box 687
Rangeley, ME 04970
Phone: (207) 864-3443
Fax: (207) 864-5156
wreich@rangeley.org
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Trailhead Information

From East:  From the intersection of ME Routes 4 and 16 in downtown Rangeley, follow Route 4 West toward Oquossoc for 3.6 miles. Continue 0.1 miles after the sign for the Wilhelm Reich Museum, turn right onto Dodge Pond Road and continue 0.4 mile to the entrance to Orgonon.

From West:
  From the intersection of ME Routes 4 and 16 in Oquossoc Village, Rangeley, follow Route 4 East toward downtown Rangeley for 2.7 miles. Continue 0.2 miles after the sign for the Wilhelm Reich Museum, turn left onto Dodge Pond Road and continue 0.4 mile to the entrance to Orgonon.

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Michael Hanson
July 25, 2017
Went on this trail right around 5pm, might've been there after hours... My party lead us down the left-most loop sadly, with no spectacular sights to see. The trail was easy enough to follow, not really any elevation... but unkempt and grown out in some areas. Fairly easy to find though.. if I ever go back, I will certainly be sure to hit up/see the historical spots.
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