EXPLORE OUR TRAILS
In Spring 2017, we published our Trail Guide. All members have received the guide, and additional copies are available by donation at our office. It is also available for download.
© Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Reprinting and publication of information contained herein by permission only. Please contact Coastal Mountains Land Trust for more information.
Coastal Mountains Land Trust doesn't currently have any preserves or trails in Brooks, Knox, Waldo or Morrill.
TAKE A HIKE
Look what happens when eight organizations get on the same page! We have had a Take a Hike brochure for years that we developed for local inns and hotels. After the 2019 Trails Challenge (that we are hosting again this summer!) we realized that having a regional map was important, for residents as well as visitors. These are all terrific organizations that we work with and appreciate - so we decided to create something to tell that story. Thank you to Maine Community Foundation for supporting our vision. Enjoy Take A Hike!
PRESERVE USE GUIDELINES
• All Preserves are open for low-impact, public recreation during daylight hours.
• Motorized vehicles, bikes, and horses are not allowed on most Preserves* unless marked (many trails on Ragged Mountain are open for bike use).
• Camping and fires are not allowed.
• Removal of vegetation is not allowed.
• Dogs must be leashed at all times.**
• Drones are not allowed on Land Trust preserves except by permitted use.
• Groups larger than 12 must obtain Land Trust permission prior to use of our properties.***
* The Land Trust does maintain site specific trail agreements with various clubs to allow for limited snowmobile and mountain biking. Please contact us for more information.
** Dogs are not permitted at the Fernald's Neck or Hodson Preserves. Dogs can be off leash under strict voice control at certain Preserves where explicitly posted at kiosks. If not posted, dogs must be on leash.
*** Certain Preserves have specific restrictions and exceptions; please consult signs at the preserve entrance for details or contact the Land Trust with any questions.
• Hunting permitted at all Preserves, except on Fernald's Neck, Hodson, Harkness, McPheters, and Young's Neck Preserves.
• Predator hunting and trapping is prohibited.
• Temporary deer stands are allowed with Land Trust permission. Stands must be labeled with a 2x4" tag identifying the name and contact info of the stand owner, and stands must removed from our property at the end of hunting season.
Mud occurs all over New England and here in Maine after the snow and ice melts before the trails dry out. Typically, this means the nights are freezing and the days are warm. As the snow and ice melt and the frost is coming out of the ground, the fragile soils are saturated with water and the trails (and dirt roads) become muddy! Hiking or biking on the fragile soils when they are muddy causes trail damage. It widens trails and causes the thin and fragile top soil to erode away, ultimately causing harm to the plants and water sources (streams, brooks, rivers) along the trail. That's why roots and rocks then become exposed. Some other organizations ask that for the months of March and April in the lower elevations and May for the higher elevations that users stay off them until they harden back up. We want everyone to enjoy the trails for as much of the year as possible, so we are not closing our trails, but, we ask that:
If there is mud please turn around!
Let our trails rest after major rain events
Stick to low elevations and south-facing slopes if you can, as they dry out sooner
Help us help you! Trail maintenance and repairs are mostly done by volunteers. Our dedicated volunteers work hard to keep Coastal Mountains Land Trust trails in good shape. Let’s not add to their work and our costs.
You might say, But it’s so nice out! I want to hike!
Believe us, we get it! Hiking and biking are what we live for, and it’s hard to beat that spring fever and excitement of getting in the woods. If you really can’t resist the call of the trail, stick to low elevations and south-facing slopes, which tend to dry out earlier in the season. But even in those places, be prepared to turn around if the trail is suddenly muddy. Rock is durable. Hard, dry soil is durable. Mud is not durable. Help us protect the trail for use the rest of the year by turning around when you come upon a muddy section of trail. The trails will dry out and harden again soon enough and you’ll be back out hiking and biking before you know it.
Mud season has traditionally ended well before Memorial Day but climate change is making it harder to predict what the season will look like. We do our best to keep abreast of conditions and we are happy to share any information we have. If you have questions send us an email!
Most of all, thank you for doing your part of getting outside to enjoy our properties. Coastal Mountains Land Trust has some of the best trails in the Mid-Coast and we work hard to maintain the trails we have. Bottom line is that we want everyone to enjoy them for a long time so we’re not closing the trails, but, if there is mud please turn around!
During mud season please limit vehicle access to these Coastal Mountains Land Trust's properties located on unpaved roads: Fernalds Neck, Lincolnville; St. Clair Preserve, Knights Pond Road, Northport; Main Stream Preserve, Stockton Springs.
Thank you for staying off closed trails!
ATTEND AN EVENT
We can't wait to see you for community gatherings, group hikes, nature walks, and kids events when we're on the other side of this health crisis.
We offer many ways for community members to be involved in our organization—we truly have something for everyone! There are get-your-hands-dirty volunteering events, winter snowshoe/ski outings, year-round guided hikes and paddles. We have kid-friendly events: pack your basket for a summer solstice picnic, kick up your heels at Arts on the Hills music, try your hand at raking and winnowing at our organic blueberry farm, munch on blueberries at August’s berry picks, and enjoy Seasonal Stories with Camden Public Library's Miss Amy.
NEW IN 2022: HAPPY WANDERERS
Coastal Mountains Land Trust and Journey to Health have teamed up to offer monthly guided hikes, free and open to all ability levels!
The group will meet at 10:00am at Coastal Mountains trailheads throughout Knox and Waldo Counties on the first Thursday of each month. Pre-registration is required at journeytohealth.coursestorm.com
BEECH HILL BLUEBERRIES
The mission of the Beech Hill Organic Blueberry Farm program is to demonstrate organic blueberry management practices and to promote the community benefits of an ecologically organic blueberry farm. Coastal Mountains Land Trust has been managing Beech Hill Preserve's blueberry fields since 2003. Currently, there are 25 acres of MOFGA-certified organic blueberries.
COASTAL MOUNTAINS NATURE PROGRAM
The Coastal Mountains Nature Program hosts a series of monthly walks exploring the natural history of Mid-Coast Maine. All events take place on the first Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. until noon unless otherwise specified. Each walk has a particular area of focus, led by a knowledgeable leader, and participants are encouraged to share their knowledge of anything that we discover.
2022 schedule here.
Roger Rittmaster leads the first walk of the Coastal Mountains Nature Program in 2013.
Photo by Alden Mead
Photo by Brian Willson