Posted on June 12, 2019 and last updated on June 12, 2019

Spectacle Pond, Vassalboro


  • Preserve Size: Not sure
  • Trail Mileage: .7 miles one way
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Sights: Spectacle Pond

A .7-mile trail takes you to the edge of a quiet, undeveloped pond. There is a small clearing with a firepit at the trail end. It’s possible to swim, but rather reedy.

From the trailhead on Cross Hill Road, you’ll begin on a marked snowmobile track. In about 200 or so feet, you’ll see the footpath on your left you should follow to the pond. The snowmobile track will continue on straight, past a huge, old tree. The path from here on is unmarked but easy to follow, although it includes a rather steep descent down to the pond.

The Vassalboro Trails Committee says you can also start from Church Hill Road, but I wasn’t successful spotting it!

Directions: You’ll see a place to pull over a car and some snowmobile signs at the trailhead on Cross Hill Road. It’ll be on your left if you’re going north, 300 feet after the intersection with Ingraham Mountain Road.  From the intersection of Hannaford Hill Road and Cross Hill Road, it’s .8 mile south on Cross Hill Rd.


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