• Mauricette, VanDongen win Wildlands Trail Race

    ORLAND—Eric Mauricette, 26, of Baileyville crossed the finish line first—amongst a field of 32 runners and one black bear—in this year’s Wildlands Trail Race October 29. Mauricette charged through the mountainous 6.3-mile course in 46:18. Jennifer VanDongen, 40, of Bar Harbor was the first female finisher (and fourth overall) for the fifth year in a […]

  • Old Chapman Farm Grand Opening

    Our Old Chapman Farm Grand Opening, Saturday, August 19, celebrated our newest property on the Upper Long Pond Road in Bucksport. This 65-acre parcel, donated to GPMCT in 2015 by the Kimball family (shown here), hosts the remains of an old farm built in 1834 by the Chapman family—as well as a 5.5-acre managed blueberry field with […]

  • Love your Local Trails?

    It’s Fall Membership Fling! Help support the trails you love for dog-walking, jogging, hunting, hiking or riding. New memberships will be MATCHED to support trail maintenance, signs, bridges, blazes, maps, volunteer coordination and more. Give Online, download a Membership Form, or go to our Ways of Giving Page to learn more!

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The Wildlands

Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust purchased the 4,500-acre Great Pond Mountain Wildlands in 2005, and added another 200 acres in 2012/13. GPMCT manages the Wildlands for wildlife habitat, recreation, education and sustainable forestry. The property is open to the public year-round for a variety of uses.

Visit the About the Wildlands page to get an overview on the Wildlands property and its purchase, and allowable uses.

Visit the Wildlands Maps and Guidelines page to download a Wildlands map or a hiking guide, or to link to the Bucksport Family Snowmobile Club map.

Have a question about how the Wildlands is managed or what’s there? At the Wildlands Policies and Plans page, you can download our Hunting Policy or look at our Natural Resource Inventory or Wildlands Management Plan.


Wildlands maps are available online on the Wildlands Maps & Guidelines page or at the Wildlands gates, when we can stock them. NEW this summer, get your 18×20″ full color Wildlands Trail Guide, with a big map, trail descriptions and fun family adventures. To get your copy, send $3 and an SASE to GPMCT, PO Box […]

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Following an old European tradition, eight letterboxes have now been placed in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands.  To find letterboxes, follow directions provided on cards at the North and South Gate kiosks, or download by clicking Letterbox Clues. Inside the wooden letterbox, you’ll find a waterproof box with supplies for recording your visit. Follow the […]

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The Wildlands is open for camping year-round at two designated campsites. Baker Brook is only about a mile’s hike from North Gate, and is suitable for small or large groups with a lean-to and 3-4 tent sites, plus a pit toilet and fire ring. Mitchville is about 1.5 miles from South Gate, and is ideal […]

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Discover Wildlands Hiking – 15 miles of gravel trails open year-round to hikers, bicyclists, equestrians and snowmobilers. To get away from it all, take a quiet footpath to the top of Flag Hill, the shore of Dead River, or the summit of kid-friendly Bump Hill. Dogs allowed ON LEASH. Visit our Maps and Guidelines page […]

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Find it

Driving Directions to the Wildlands: To South Gate, Rte. 1, East Orland: From downtown Bucksport, follow Rte. 1 north 8 miles to Wildlands South Gate (just south of Rte. 176 intersection). From Blue Hill peninsula, follow Rte. 15 north to Rte. 1, turn right, follow Rte. 1 north for 3.9 miles. From downtown Ellsworth, follow […]

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