Posted on January 16, 2020 and last updated on January 16, 2020

Jordan Homestead, Ellsworth


  • Preserve Size: 31 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 1.1 miles
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Sights: Union River, field, Whittaker Brook, field, family cemetery

The 1.1-mile walk at the old Jordan Homestead begins in a field, close to the Jordan family graveyard. The path quickly passes a vegetable garden and some bird boxes, and heads into the woods. Soon you’re walking on a bank above the charming Whittaker Brook. When you get to the intersection, at .2 miles, you can go right or left to do the .7-mile loop. If you go right, you’ll soon climb a few feet up to a tall, narrow ridge (an esker?), with views through trees over the broad river. The 31-acre preserve, which belonged to the Jordan family for more than 200 years, has 3,000 feet of water frontage, and is beautiful. The path does have some ups and downs, and is uneven in areas.

Directions: Jordan Homestead is located on Bayside Road in Ellsworth, between Lundin Way and Pioneer Farm Way. If coming from downtown Ellsworth, you will see the preserve sign and preserve parking lot on your right.


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