QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 2,030 acres
- Trail Mileage: 5-mile loop
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: Meadowbrook
Among the nine miles of logging roads on this 2,030 acres is a a five-mile loop that the Blue Hill Heritage Trust has posted with “loop” signs and arrows to keep you oriented. It’s ideal for x-c skiing after a fresh snow! Mostly flat, the peaceful loop trail swings through forest and across a couple of beautiful brooks. The 3.8-mile loop is accessed via a .6-mile leg from the trailhead gate off Route 1.
Note: When we visited in the winter, the short uphill access road off Route 1 to the trailhead gate hadn’t been plowed, and we didn’t want to risk trying to get in without four-wheel drive. So we parked up the street at the closed weigh station, about .4 miles away.
Directions: A sign marks the preserve, which is off Route 1 between North Bend Road and Christian Ridge Road in Ellsworth. The road is approximately 1.7 miles from North Bend Rd and 2.1 miles from the Christian Ridge Rd. The access road is almost directly opposite the 567 Bucksport Rd. address. Drive up a short hill and park in the small lot in front of the gate.