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.

1.5 miles
62 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


nature trips





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.

2 months ago

Nice trail for dogs, kids, running and winter walks. Well nice year round walks. Very well maintained and even has story book kiosks along the way with pages of real paper books under plexiglass along the trail for kids. We do this hike regularly as we live nearby. They do change the book often. The trails are very wide, flat and accessible.

There are a couple benches along the way but so far not much wildlife. Many plants are labeled though. Otherwise there is nothing dramatic to see.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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.

3 months ago