QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 175 acres
- Trail Mileage: ~3.5 miles in network
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: Wilhelm Reich Museum, Reich's tomb, fields, views, woods
If the museum is closed, come back another day! And to get over your disappointment, hike these charming nature trails. The museum is an amazing, fascinating, and off-beat place, where you can check out Reich’s cloud busters, an orgone box, his exuberant paintings, and the lab where he worked on his orgone experiments. Even if you don’t buy Reich’s theories — he was a wildly radical psychoanalyst — the museum offers an interesting glimpse into Reich and the turbulent times he lived through, and the way in which the federal government persecuted him for his medical pursuits.
The museum trails are diverse, some (the Quincy Brook Loop, about 1.6 miles) make large swings out well beyond the museum. Others stay close by and take you to destinations like Reich’s tomb or a bird blind. A particularly charming trail is the “Trail of Thoughts,” which has quotes by Reich scribbled into signs posted to trees. (Unfortunately, many of these are so word with age, they’re not legible.) The views from the house and the fields are magnificent.
Directions: From the intersection of Routes 4 and 16 in downtown Rangeley, follow Route 4 West toward Oquossoc for 3.6 miles. Continue .1 miles after the sign for the Wilhelm Reich Museum, turn right onto Dodge Pond Road and continue 0.4 mile to the entrance to Orgonon, which is what Reich called his Rangeley estate.