Posted on January 9, 2023 and last updated on January 09, 2023

Oak Hill Conservation Area, Fayette


  • Preserve Size: 134 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 1.2-mile loop
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Sights: View of Echo Lake

I was expecting a more breathless hike up Oak Hill and was pleasantly surprised by how gentle the climb was (from ~600 feet elevation to ~700 feet). The 134-acre property is protected by Kennebec Land Trust.

From the parking lot — which was just big enough in the winter of 2022 for four cars — you cross the dirt road (Norton Road) to catch the trail, which starts out in a field and is marked with blue blazes. In 0.1 mile, you’ll reach the 1-mile loop. Either side up the hill is fairly easy. You’ll find the view on the eastern side of the loop — close to the top — of Echo Lake through an opening in trees.

Directions: (From Kennebec Land Trust) From the Fayette general store, continue north on Route 17 for 2.5 miles. Turn left on the Fayette Corner Road and take an immediate left on Norton Road, which is gravel. Continue for half a mile to parking area on the right. The trail starts across the street from the lot.

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