QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 1,200 acres
- Trail Mileage: ~ 9 miles in network
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: mostly easy with some steep sections
- Sights: lake, campsites, picnic tables, views through trees at higher elevations
If you are in the mood for a long walk without too much uphill, this 1,200-acre Rangeley Lakes Heritage Trust preserve is the place. All together, there’s almost nine miles of trails here, although they vary in terms of walkability. The campsites along the shore are pretty to visit — but only if no one is camping there at the time. Otherwise, you probably shouldn’t barge in and interrupt someone’s breakfast. The Cedar Bay campsite is particularly charming. The trail to the campsite at Smudge Cove (part of Lakeline Trail) might be the nicest of the preserve — it’s mossy and atmospheric.
The Skyline Trail has a fairly significant up- and downhill, and you can make out some views to the south between the trees. The Drop Down Trail has some steepness as well.
I recommend avoiding one of the connector trails — the short Lost Saw trail; it was a bit of a lost cause when I visited here in the summer of 2017.
You can also reserve the campsites by contacting Cupsuptic Campground.
Directions: Take Rt 16 west from Oquossoc. Drive 9.1 miles and take left on to Mud Pond Road. Drive 1/2 mile and park in the lot.