Heart of Poland Conservation Area Trails

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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.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
252 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

cave

views

wildlife

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.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

The Heart of Poland Conservation Area is a varied and beautiful hike. There is a 1.18 mile out and back trail marked in red named the Huntress Trail. This trail alone is beautiful but don't miss the many side trails and points of interest along the way.

First I found a small quarry just off of the left side of the red trail. This is a very short spur but worth a look. It would probably be a nice spot to sit and have a picnic. A bit later I decided to take a loop called the White Oak Trail, appropriately blazed in white. It seems to be a bit grown up in places but an enjoyable walk. I did locate at least one marked White Oak on this trail. Lastly, I made sure to cut back to the Huntress Trail via the blue blazed Cave Trail. The caves were small but quite impressive. This connector trail between red and white is the best side-trail of all.

The woods were very peaceful, filled with the sounds of bird songs and falling acorns. For a quiet walk in the woods, this is your hike.

4 months ago

yeah, close but no real reward.

walking
5 months ago

hiking
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Lovely little trek through the woods on a beautiful day. Very colorful, close to home and just long enough...

hiking
Saturday, October 15, 2016

hiking
Monday, October 03, 2016

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!

hiking
Saturday, August 27, 2016

hiking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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.