QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 1,250 acres
- Trail Mileage: Many miles
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy to moderate
- Sights: marshes, old-growth forests, historic dams, fields
Along with some interesting sites, including historic dams and marsh views, you can go on an unusually long walk for this part of Maine, like a 10- or 15-mile loop in the Whitten Hill and Bog Brook Preserve, or, if you’re really ambitious, a 47-mile trek on the astonishing Hills to Sea trail!
The trail network around the preserves of Bog Brook, Whitten Hill, and Northern Headwaters feels remote and not heavily trafficked. Even if there were several hikers out, the protected area is so spacious, it’s likely you wouldn’t run into one another. The whole network it is well signed and blazed, although parts of it seem to be slightly more neglected.
The Bog Brook Preserve encloses a large, hidden marsh and pretty stream with several pools (at least one made by beavers). In Whitten Hill Preserve, you can go on a long loop that includes fields and hemlock forests. There are some some long ascents and descents, but it never feels too strenuous. And Northern Headwaters Preserve contains old forests and historic dams, as well the headwaters for the Sheepscot River.
The Midcoast Conservancy’s fantastic map includes some of the highlights of the trails in this area, as well as trail distances.
Directions: The trailhead is on Halldale Road, about .9 miles from the junction with Burnham Hill Road. You will pass two trailheads for the trail network on your way to the large parking area for Whitten Hill Preserve, which will be on your left a bit after the road turns to gravel.