Posted on August 14, 2017 and last updated on August 25, 2021

French Mountain, Rome


  • Preserve Size: 6,800-acre Kennebec Highlands
  • Trail Mileage: .8-mile loop
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Sights: views from summit (716 ft.), open ledges

A short climb to the 716-foot summit of French Mountain leads to a gorgeous, expansive view over small Whittier Pond and to the east. It’s one of several little mountains in this area, the Kennebec Highlands. French Mountain is protected by the 7 Lakes Alliance. I am sure this is a very popular spot, as many of the little hikes in the Kennebec Highland area are, but I just happened to hike here during a thunderstorm! Only two other hiking parties were out then.

Directions: The parking area is 0.7 miles south of Watson Pond Road’s junction with Route 27, on the left.


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