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As I live by this trail I am saddened that there has not been up keep to it. Over the years it is not marked very well and has over grown in many areas. If you don’t know the trail it can be very disappointing.

Ehhhh, nothing to write home about, probably won’t go back and it is more of a walk and was quite buggy. If I wasn’t using the gps I would have been lost for hours!

12 days ago

We took 5 kids here and we were unpleasantly surprised. The start of the trail is located behind a gas station. The trail begins very overgrown and if there was not a sign indicating that it was the Stevens Brook trail we probably would have left. There were a few make shift homes on the side of the trail, they appeared to be current residences to someone. As we walked the smell of the water continued to increase, it was very unpleasant. We continued to the end of the trail and not much changed the path was extremely overgrown in many areas and the area itself was not inviting. There were homes on the other side of the brook and trash littered all behind them on the brook side as well. It was a short walk, which was a positive to the entire adventure.

Very nice hiking combined with self-guided tour of an old granite quarry, with excellent views of the harbor to boot.

27 days ago

Start of trail is no longer accurately marked. There are very few trail markers along the way that are in useful places. The creek is lovely.

Easy hike, there are clear trail markings and they are easy to follow. Falls lack luster but nice easy walk with one small section of elevation gain.

Nice, easy trail with pretty pond view

The trail is not well marked why I don’t recommend following the AllTrail map. We landed somewhere in the woods and returned. I would love to finish the trail because of natural beauty and tranquility. Bring plenty of bug spray because I never have seen so many mosquitos in one area.

1 month ago

An easy little hike up to the summit but unfortunately no longer any views or the beautiful old viewing tower that was once there. The foundation is still there. Go to Coastal Mountains Land Trust site to see a picture of the old viewing tower.

Straight forward out and back with a few side trails. Pretty dry overall and would be a great trail running spot. The housing foundations are pretty cool.

3 months ago

Cons: lots of trash, can hear the highway the entire time, & even what looks like a hobo camp.
Pros: a TON of different kinds of birds, easy, right off the highway.

3 months ago

Beautiful views, and a history lesson!

So much to see! I will be going back to explore more of the area.

3 months ago

History lesson and a great little walk all wrapped up in one!

Really cool trail close to home. Old foundations, waterfall, beaver pond. And a large balancing rock. Trail marked (white ) after pond.

4 months ago

I walked this yesterday 56* sunny in Maine , that was a treat. Small parking lot. trail well marked( BLUE ). Old foundation and lots of great stonewalls. some of the largest ground ledges I have seen in the area, very cool.

fun trails, cool landmarks. slightly hard to find

This is a nice trail that includes some good views of Clarks Pond even though it is bordered by a mall and highways. A little noisy but a good workout. In winter I saw signs of hikers, fat tire bikes, and cross-country skiers.

This could be a great trail, but it needs work trimming branches to clear the path and better signage in several places.

Nice little walk in the woods

8 months ago

Awesome trail with some good hills!

8 months ago

Very easy trail, but has a story posted throughout the trail, my teen daughter enjoyed reading the historical pieces throughout the trail.

8 months ago

It's an island, so there are river views everywhere, as well as old dam and mill foundations. It's small but partly paved and a pretty spot.

Thank you so much for clarifying Capt, however my second attempt with a friend of mine was just as disappointing as the first. We started the trail behind Big Apple as advised, we walked through some wooded areas out to a clearing and eventually the trail ended at a road. We assumed we would cross the street and find that the path continued next to the brook. No such luck and no visible trail to follow but lots of poison ivy! I think this trail must great for people who know it well but it is not for first timers or people not from the area.

The trail starts just right of the Big Apple store (next to the Black Horse Tavern). Not well marked but once you get to the back of the Big Apple parking lot you should see the trail.

The GPS brought us to a bridge next to a Rite Aide we entered where the GPS indicated and there was no visible trail just an abandoned parking lot. Maybe someone could elaborate on where to find the trail?

Beautiful, but falls were only a trickle (end of September.)

This is an easy walk through time when Bridgton was a thriving mill town. There are several remnants of days gone by so travel slowly or you will miss some of its wonders. Pick up a trail map at the LEA office or at the entrance to Pondicherry Park behind the local theater. Please be on the lookout for poison ivy as there are several patches but the trail through them is fairly clear. The trail marks are in need of some new paint and currently, they blend into the trees that they are on.

I would not recommend using the AllTrails app for this trail. If you follow the signs to Orris Falls or Big Bump you'll be fine, but if you actually try to follow the map on the app you'll be off-trail trudging through thick woods. I tried several times to course correct and follow the app, which up until this trail has been excellent, but to no avail. I wanted to do the full 8+ miles the app laid out, but it just wasn't possible. Got frustrated and ending up Mt. Agamenticus instead, which was far better.

10 months ago

should be considered easy not moderate. nice trail with a couple views of the pond but well marked and well traveled. bring the bug spray!

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