Posted on December 28, 2014 and last updated on August 10, 2017

Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal


  • Preserve Size: 800 acres
  • Trail Mileage: more than 21 miles
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: views from ledgy summit (485 ft.)

The reserved lands are marked in green, the corridor trail in blue, and Bradbury State Park in orange.

This is a wonderful state park, extremely popular, that offers a lot for walkers, dogs, mountain bikers, people who love old stone walls, and people who want to see a view in this flat coastal plain!

There are two sides of the park (you have to pay a fee to use either side). The western side is used a lot more than the other half. While it is smaller, it contains Bradbury Mountain and the mountain’s open summit that takes just five or 10 minutes to hike up. To get away from the crowds, visit the other side of the park. You won’t find any mountains or vistas there, but you will find a 5.5-mile perimeter hike, and lots of single track for bikers and walkers. The prettiest way to summit Bradbury Mountain is via the South Ridge Trail. My map shows just the perimeter trails but the park does a splendid job with its own maps, and posts trail maps throughout the park.

Also, the park connects with the long-distance Bradbury Corridor trail which connects (a good chunk of it I believe via power lines) to Pineland Public Reserved Land.

Directions: From Rt.295, take exit 22 to Freeport/Durham. Take a left off the ramp and then another quick left onto Pownal Road. Continue a few miles to the t-junction with Route 9. Take a right on Hallowell Road, and look for the park entrance about a 1/2 mile down on the left.

Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!