Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lewiston, Maine that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length2.2 miElevation gain370 ftRoute typeLoop
Kid friendlyHikingNature tripsSnowshoeingWalkingBird watchingRunningForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeMuddyRockyNo dogs
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Great trails to hike with children with variety of sights (old stone fireplaces, foundations of structures from years ago, berries to pick and eat!, brooks and ponds to skim rocks, and gigantic boulders to climb). This is the largest bird sanctuary in Maine. Can be a great area to snowshoe when the time is right. Beautiful views, variety of animals including deer and fisher cats.

Has large off road parking lot with restroom.

As for getting here, you should look for Highland Spring Rd. Go to the end of that and take a right on Montello then quick left into the parking area.

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Donovan Plante
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Hiking

This trail is for walkers only. It has some decent elevation, it’s well marked, and highly trafficked. Would be a great trail to take the kids on, unfortunately no dogs allowed. Plenty of parking at the trail head.

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Bottomless Tops
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HikingMuddy

Great trail conditions overall - a few of the side trails, to include parts of the power lines, were a bit wet.

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Nate Chaloux
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Amazing trail conditions! Really dried out most of the way other than the two places where the stream crosses over. We stuck to the yellow trail which goes by the stone benches and loops around to the giant stone chimney. We could hear the birds chirping and even an owl hooting at one point!

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Atticus Scout
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HikingGreat!IcyMuddy

Great trail system. Hidden gem in Lewiston.

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Sam Sam
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Great hidden gem in Lewiston with an a beautiful mountain onlook.

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Anthony Gignac
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Amy Niemczura-Sowa
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Heard a barred owl today. First time here, glad I came, a little oasis in Lewiston. Trails were compacted yet slippery; microspikes or other traction recommended. Muddy parking lot and drive way; already deep rivets from tires.

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Maggie Poisson
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Sara Poulin
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HikingGreat!

Absolutely stunning day on the trails of Thorncraig today. I captured the most beautiful picture of the biggest woodpecker I’ve ever seen in my life! And I saw views of Mount Washington! The day was filled with bright blue skies, crunchy white snow and fresh green pine. So many birds! Love this quick, easy and local hike:)  since this is a heavily trafficked trail, I wore my clamps and walked slip-free.

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Sharon Chabot
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We did not take this trek as the trail doesn’t allow dogs. It makes sense, I suppose - but I hadn’t considered it so I’m sharing this post for others who may make the same mistake!

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Kiara Bell
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Jolene H
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Sarah McDaniel
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Jolene H
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Jolene H
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HikingIcyMuddy

Garbage on trail sticky snow and a little icy. lots of turkey

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Bill Landre
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Beef And Chop
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Not a single goddamn bird

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Amy Burtt
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Enjoyable walk. Looking forward to coming back this spring when the leaves are back

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Nicole Shaw
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Ant Rideout
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Joe Clark
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Rebecca Hart
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Nice trail walk with 7 and 5 year old grands.

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Matt Walsh
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Jean Belanger
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Bottomless Tops
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Such a great, peaceful way to start the day

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Patrick Kolarik
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Nice walk through the woods with some nice memorials.

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Caitlin Saras
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This was a nice space to walk through. The kids had fun. The trails are well marked, and maps were available at the trail head.

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