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Witt Swamp Trail

Short loop trail meandering through mature hemlock, white cedar and mixed hardwood forest buffering Witt Swamp. Very evocative site, perfect for quiet reflection, forest study, and fungii study in the fall.
Trail Activity
Snowshoeing Mountain-biking Cross-country-skiing Walking
1.0 mile, Network
Dirt/Forest Floor, Rock/Ledge, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging


In 2004, the century-old, Norway-based, Cummings Mill and its associated forest lands were liquidated. WFLT purchased a small and environmentally significant parcel on Pennesseewassee Lake known as Witt Swamp in that sale. The parcel is named for its first owner of record, Benjamin Witt, blacksmith, who moved to the area in 1784. Within walking distance of Norway, most recently harvested in the 1950s by horse, the 141-acre parcel features fen, white cedar swamp, and wetland forest areas, with hemlock and pine uplands. 

Volunteers have built a one mile loop trail on the site’s uplands through a mature hemlock, pine, cedar and hardwood forest. The Witt trail is a beginner’s trail in terms of difficulty and includes a short boardwalk and stone steps. Built for all ages, it is also a good trail for dog walkers and snowshoers.

Western Foothills Land Trust is currently constructing trails connecting the Witt Swamp Trail to the trail network at Shepard’s Farm Preserve. A 2 mile connection between Pleasant Street and Shepard's Preserve is already open; see the Shepard's Farm Preserve posting for more information.

Other Information

For another great short hike, head down the road to Ordway Grove Trail to see some of the oldest and largest White Pines in Maine.

Please, no horses.

Trail Manager

Visit Western Foothills Land Trust online for more information and a printable map or contact:

Western Foothills Land Trust

Western Foothills Land Trust
PO Box 107
445 Main Street
Norway, ME 04268
Phone: (207) 739-2124
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Trail Tips

Minimize Campfire Impacts
Keep campfires small and contained to established fire rings in permitted sites only.
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Trailhead Information

The Trust has established a small parking area and trail head off Pleasant Street in Norway, one mile north of Main Street across from Emerson Street. 

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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August 25, 2014
The parking area along Pleasant street is a bit hard to find, but can be identified by a black metal barrier on the right side of a patch of gravel that can accommodate about 4 cars. The sign is somewhat back in the woods and may not be apparent.

Great hike through some gorgeous terrain. Well maintained and easy trail. It is less than a mile from the Ordway Grove Hike on the same side of the same road.
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