Heart of Poland Conservation Area Trails is a 1.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Poland, Maine that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Cave Trail: (0.3 miles) This trail is named so because of an unusual geological occurrence of a small cave and a dike formation caused by molten rock millions of years ago. Huntress Trail: (1.2 miles) This trail runs from Tripp Lake Road to the library and passes through forest and by a vernal pool, making it good for wildlife viewing. The Huntress Trail can be combined with other trails to create a loop or can be hiked as an out-and-back. White Oak Trail: (0.7 miles) This trail visits a small stand of white oak trees which are common in parts of Poland but not found north of here. Poland has the only White Oak Hill in Maine. White oaks were very valuable for ship timber in Colonial days. Ricker Trail: (0.3 miles) The Ricker Trail connects to the Huntress Trail at both ends and can be used as an interesting alternative to the eastern end of the Huntress Trail, or can be combined with it to make a shorter loop from the library trailhead. Quarry Spur: (0.1 miles) This short out-and-back trail leads away from the main network and to a former stone quarry dating back to the early 1900s. It's a great sight-seeing addition to a walk on the network.
Lovely little trek through the woods on a beautiful day. Very colorful, close to home and just long enough...
What a great hike! We came on a dreary, rainy, early October afternoon and made the best of it. I would not say that it is easy, there are some pretty good hills throughout, but the trails are well maintained and well marked. Our two young boys and our one year old dog loved it too!
This is a nice well marked trail system with two kiosk trail heads. One on each end of the red trail. There are three extra trails of the red trail all worth a look. Is suitable for mountain biking and snowshoeing.