Poland Town Forest and Bragdon Hill

MODERATE 15 reviews

Poland Town Forest and Bragdon Hill is a 2.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Poland, Maine that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
269 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

snowshoeing

wildlife

The Poland Town Forest offers a newly developed hiking trail that traverses a stream and continues to Bragdon Hill. Poland Town Forest: Well maintained trails cross over streams with the help of bog bridges, and trails are well marked by blazes on trees and other natural features. Three different loops are possible by following each of the three different colored blazes. Interesting natural features include the town's largest Hemlock tree and large boulders located along the edge of the trail. Located at the height of land between The Tripp Pond and Middle Range Pond watersheds, the Poland Town forest is valuable for lake protection, wildlife habitat, timber harvesting, and outdoor recreation. The trails have been built cooperatively by the town's recreation department, town forester and other volunteers to provide a rewarding outdoor recreation experience in Poland. More trails are planned for the near future so be on the lookout for additional trails. Bragdon Hill: Daniel Schellinger owned much of the property in the 1800s and ran a small hill farm. The New England Forestry foundation purchased this property from the Omega Wellness Group and Fred A. Huntress, Jr. in 2010. Mr. Huntress managed several forests for NEFF through his career with an emphasis on growing high quality saw logs. A discontinued town road runs through the middle of the 222 acre property. The trails connect to the Poland Town Forest, on which NEFF also holds a conservation easement.

hiking
25 days ago

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

I ended up taking a short hike here, mostly on the yellow blazed loop trail. The map at the trailhead was a bit confusing at first but now that I've hiked the initial loop, I'd like to hike some of the additional trails (blue and red) next time we visit. A quiet and shaded forest trail that traverses along a high ridge, as well as a small rocky brook. This would be a beautiful trail for snowshoeing in the winter. On my way back I heard the deep croaking call of a raven. This is a peaceful walk and worth your time.

hiking
5 months ago

8 months ago

snowshoeing
9 months ago

Great trails for snow shoeing. Well marked trails, gentle up and down. A shout out to the plow drivers who clear the many trail heads in the area, giving hikers access to the trails. Our first time on this trail, would definitely recommend for snow shoeing!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

This was our first hike here. Appreciated the map, although it did not seem to scale on the distances. Nice woodsy trail. No scenic Vista that we could find, but we will come back, partly because it's near to home for us. We think it will be fun to try on snowshoes this winter.

walking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday, September 04, 2016

enjoyed our first hike here last weekend. looking forward to exploring more, even in the winter!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

walking
Sunday, May 01, 2016

This is a great developed trail system. Maps at kiosk very helpful. Fun anytime of year. Is quite wet in areas during the spring, but wooden puncheons are in place to keep you dry mostly found at the beginning on the yellow trail. Plenty of parking at the trail head.

walking
Saturday, March 12, 2016

walking
Sunday, February 07, 2016

snowshoeing
Wednesday, January 14, 2015

snowshoeing
Monday, January 05, 2015