Cumberland Town Forest is a 1.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Cumberland Center, Maine that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Town Forest was planted in the 1930s. The trail meanders through distinct forest stands. Plantations of red pine, an old field that is now a white pine plantation, a mixed spruce/pine plantation, and mixed hardwood/softwood stands can be seen along the trail. Some signs remain from a self-guided nature trail explaining some of the natural features of the trail. The Town Forest Trail is rustic and can be damp at times especially in spring. Caution is advised for small children and the elderly. The trail is mostly flat but there are sections of the trail require navigating tree roots. There is one section of the trail that is not clearly marked. Roughly a mile into the trail, the trail opens up into a section with tall reeds. Follow the path to the left. You will come out at the bottom of a hill near the town garage. Follow the road up the hill, make a right just before the old school. This leads you to the ball fields. The trail picks up at the far end of the ball fields back to the Town Hall.
This trail has been recently upgraded to a new gravel path. There are two loops which are easy to follow and wander through dense hardwoods and pine. There are numbered markers along the route which showcase some of the habitat so typical here in Maine. I did not find any references to these numbers at the kiosk so they are of little use without the reference.