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Best trails in Bridgton

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Looking for a great trail near Bridgton, Maine? AllTrails has 6 great snowshoeing trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Washington State Park or Echo Lake State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Pleasant Mountain Preserve or Fore River Sanctuary. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in Bridgton ranging from 1.8 to 4.5 miles and from 400 to 492 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Bridgton
Top trails (6)
#1 - Bald Pate Mountain Trails
Bald Pate Mountain Preserve
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Length: 3.3 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
The 6.7 mile hiking trail network offers a variety of easy to moderately difficult trails. Approximately 300' elevation gain form the parking lot to the 1100' summit. The trails at Bald Pate Mountain offer scenic views, a forest returning from past timber harvests and ice-storm damage, a unique pitch pine habitat with fragile soils at the summit, and a haven for wildlife. The trails are described below. Bob Chase Trail / Scenic Loop (0.8 miles, easy-moderate): This trail is marked with blue trail markers and is a shared cross-country ski trail in the winter. There is a 300 foot elevation gain leading up to several nice lookouts of the surrounding area. Foster Pond Lookout Trail (0.7 miles, easy): This trail is marked with red trail markers and is a shared XC ski trail in winter. As the name suggest the trail leads to the Forest Pond Lookout. South Face Loop Trail (1.5 miles, moderate): Marked with orange, this loop has 370 foot elevation gain and leads to several viewpoints including the summit of Bald Pate Mountain. Moose Trail (1.0 mile, easy): Marked with yellow, this trail circumvents the northern base of Bald Pate Mountain and connects the northern trailhead with the southern slopes of the mountain. A small portion near the trailhead is also a shared XC ski and ATV trail. Pate Trail (0.1 miles, moderate): Marked with green, this trail offers a more direct and steeper path from the Micah Trail up to the peak of Bald than South Face Loop Trail. There is a 360 foot elevation gain. Micah Trail (0.6 miles, easy): Marked with white, this trail offers access to the southern face of Bald Pate from the trailhead and parking on Moose Cove Lodge Road. Town Farm Book Trail (2.0 miles, moderate): The trail is marked by purple trail markers and connects Bald Pate Mountain with the Holt Pond Preserve managed by the Lakes Environmental Association. This trail can additionally be accessed via Town Farm Road from the east. The groomed cross-country ski trails that overlap portions of the property are maintained by Five Fields Farm and require a fee to use the trails.Show more
#2 - Pleasant Mountain via Bald Peak Trail
Pleasant Mountain Preserve
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 3 h 12 m
NOTE: If the parking lot is full, please do not park along the road out of respect for the neighbors and the safety of other motorists. Have a plan B destination or come back at a different time. This land and trail is owned and managed by Loon Echo Land Trust, a non-profit located in Bridgton, Maine. Donations to support the maintenance of the land & trails are welcome and can be made at the trailhead or online at This blue-blazed trail is accessed from Mountain Road. The trail leads up to Big Bald Peak and then swings south to Pleasant Mountain's summit.Show more
#3 - Pondicherry Park
Pondicherry Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 44 m
Pondicherry Park includes 66 acres of woodlands and streams in the heart of Bridgton. The woodchipped pathway leads you deep into the park where there are signs of beaver, deer, mink, pileated woodpeckers, and spotted salamanders. The 66 acre park in the center of Bridgton's downtown, offers a 2.3 mile trail network. Trails follow the Stevens and Willet Brooks and overgrown pastures. There are two bridges to see, one a 60' covered bridge at the main entrance off Depot Street. Pondicherry Loop (0.6 miles, moderate): Marked with yellow, this trail leaves from the main trailhead, crossing Steven's Brook to loop into the interior of the park. Kneeland Spring Trail (0.1 miles, easy): This blue-marked trail, provides a cut off for the Pondicherry Loop trail and passes the Kneeland Spring, a spring with historical value as a once water source. Pasture Trail (0.2 miles, easy): As the name suggest this red-marked trail meanders through old pasture as it connects the Snowshoe Hare Trail with Stonewall and Pondicherry Loops. Stonewall Loop Trail (0.6 miles, moderate): This orange-marked loop is accessed from South High Street at the Bridgton Hospital and connects to the Pondicherry Loop and Pasture Trail. Snowshoe Hare Trail (0.3 miles, moderate): This trail, marked in white, provides another access point from South High Street, connecting with the Pondicherry Loop and Pasture Trail. Willet Brook Trail (0.2 miles, easy): This trail follows the banks of Steven's and Willet Brooks and is easily accessed by the Steven's Brook Elementary School. An educational amphitheater located near the Ham Bridge allows a chance for students to utilize the park as an outdoor classroom.Show more
#4 - Holt Pond Preserve
Bridgton, Maine
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 1 h 59 m
This unique trail system allows visitors to enjoy a variety of wetland and upland habitats in the Holt Pond Nature Preserve. Starting at the parking area off Grist Mill Road, the path takes you through a mixed forest of birch, beech, hemlock, and pine. You cross over a stone wall into a red maple swamp. In the spring, listen for the sounds of returning neo-tropical migrant birds and in the winter, look for the flitting silhouettes of chickadees shivering for warmth. Leaving the red maple swamp you find yourself on one of the several hummocks in the preserve, a nutrient rich glacial deposit where hemlocks have taken root. Venturing out to the Muddy River, a ripple in the water and a loud splash indicates the presence of a territorial beaver. Returning to the trail, you eventually make your way to the place where plants eat insects, moose wallow in the muddy waters, and minks scurry about looking for fish: the Holt Pond Overlook. The Holt Pond Overlook boardwalk crosses over a quaking mat of sphagnum moss. If you bend your knees twice, you will see a slight quaking motion at the end of the boardwalk. This is because the sphagnum moss is floating, colonizing the open water in front of you. The quaking bog is home to pitcher plants, orchids, leatherleaf, swamp rose, and many other unique plants, as it is one of the most diverse natural communities at Holt Pond. Pause at the end of the boardwalk and appreciate the beauty of this spot in every season, when migrant ducks swim about, water lilies dot the surface, reflected red, yellow, orange, and brown leaves shine in the depths, or snow and ice insulate the vibrant life underneath. After the Holt Pond outlook, the trails heads back into a hemlock grove, through red maple low lands and then up to within sight of Grist Mill Road. The trails continues over more dry woodland before returning to a boardwalk through red maple swamp and eventually to another trail head on the Knapp Road off of Fosterville Road. The trail then continues along the south shore of Holt Pond which is dryer but less used then other trail sections. The trail then jogs further south before returning to the pond and then out to Chaplins Mill Road. After walking about 1000 feet on the road, take a left through an old hay field to join back up with the trail for its last leg as it follows the Muddy River. An additional trail leg heads north up and over Grist Mill Road to rocky formations on Byron's Hill.Show more
#5 - Five Fields Farm
Bridgton, Maine
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Length: 5.4 mi
Cross-country skiing has been part of Five Fields Farm for a decade. Trails are largely one way, with bi-directional skiing only where absolutely necessary. Guidance and terrain is available to start the inexperienced, and the trail system is designed such that new skiers will rapidly be able to access all portions.Show more
#6 - Stevens Brook Trail
Bridgton, Maine
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 15 m
The Stevens Brook Trail is a two-mile path between Highland Lake and Long Lake in Bridgton, Maine. The trail follows the Stevens Brook as it meanders through downtown Bridgton past scenic and historic natural areas. The Stevens Brook Trail offers easy to moderate terrain. Hiking boots or sneakers are recommended for most trail sections. Poison ivy grows in a few trail areas, so long pants are also recommended. Because this is a river trail, sections may be flooded when water levels in the Stevens Brook are high, so plan accordingly.Show more