Explore the most popular hiking trails near Poland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 months ago

good and steep on the road in many places with a lovely view at the top to the right of the tower.

Good views for a quick walk. The first questionable `which way do i go' head to the right.

This trail is groomed in the winter so it makes for a good winter hike. You should wear microspikes as there are some icy sections. Winter views are better than summer.

9 months ago

Great for trail running!

mountain biking
10 months ago

Little hard in some spots but overall it was a good day.

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.

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.

This afternoon we went for a quick hike on the Stone Trail and Oscar's Trail. All in all, we were out for about 30 minutes. These were both well-cleared trails that were quite easy to hike. Additionally, we took a side-trail called Oscar's Folly. This is the only trail marked difficult in the park. It was actually quite steep leading in and out and not very well cleared, but a fun side-trip, nonetheless.

As we set off on the Stone Trail, a large bird with brown feathers along the back of its wingspan swooped across the trail, just up ahead. We walked very quietly hoping to spy it in the trees, but it was long gone. We couldn't help but wonder if it might have been a Barred Owl?

We plan to go back to Poland Spring Preservation Park and try some of the longer trails as well. The Stone Trail and Oscar's Trail are fun and quite easy to travel. Enjoy!

yeah, close but no real reward.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Mosquitos gather here to suck our your soul. Plus the trails are all very much the same and dull. And did I mention itchy? Cus it was itchy.....and dull.

The mosquitoes were relentless.

snowshoeing
Sunday, February 19, 2017

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!

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.

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
Friday, October 14, 2016

A fine hike for a fall day. A few notes: First of all, contrary to what it says here in the listings, this is NOT in Range Ponds State Park. It is several miles to west of there, on the other side of Maine Route 26. There is some parking off of North Raymond Road before the silver metal gate that guards the gravel road up which you will hike, or you can park on the shoulder, as I did. It is basically a hike up a gravel road--though there are a few places with old pavement on it too--to the broadcast tower at the top. The route is the one marked here with the red line, not the dashed line. Stay on the main gravel road (whch is very well maintained) at all intersections until the top. It is pretty easy to follow; the only slightly tricky place comes about ten minutes in where a dirt road continues straight and the gravel road goes to the right. Turn right to go up the gravel road. There are not many views along the trail, but the leaves were turning with beautiful yellows and reds, mainly from maples and oaks. The first 15 minutes or so are fairly flat, but then it becomes steeper until the summit. It took me about 40-45 minutes to reach the top. There's really no view at the broadcast tower, but follow a dirt road that turns right away from the tower that curves toward the eastern edge of the peak. There is a lovely view to the east from the end of that (though unfortunately painted graffitti on some of the ledges at the top). An enjoyable hike!

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Please note that you can park at the Poland Community School. Check the 'Getting There' tab for details to the trailhead parking.

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!

Sunday, September 04, 2016

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

Sunday, September 04, 2016

was an okay hike. not a lot to.look at on the way up, but, continue past radio tower for beautiful view. was very disappointed in the amount of trash along the trail and the broken beer bottles at the top. Probably won't hike this again , especially not with my dogs and kids.

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.

on Railroad Trail

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

The trail was wide and easy to navigate. Great beginner trail for hiking/biking. Waterfall close by. Saw motorcycles on trail. A gate blocked vehicluar traffic at the primary entry point. Parking scarce though. Parked in nearly deserted fire station lot but was told not to do that in the future. When asked for best place to park in the area, she shrugged and implied that it was a public works issue and that she had no recommendations. Would get more stars if parking was better.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

loved it .

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.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

nice trails at poland spring preservation park any season!

hiking
Friday, March 04, 2016

A moderate climb to the radio tower at the top of Black Cat Mountain on a well defined gravel road. This trail is dog friendly but may be a little too steep for young children. There is limited parking at the entrance to the trail.

hiking
Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Super short, flat, muddy, buggy...nothing of note to see.

Friday, November 14, 2014

A nice network of moderate trails which are easy to follow. These will be great for snow shoeing.

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