About the Wildlands

About the Wildlands

Great Pond Mountain Conservation  Trust acquired most of the 4,500-acre Great Pond Mountain Wildlands property in East Orland on June 30, 2005, adding 200 acres in 2012/13. 

The first Wildlands Campaign, completed in 2007, raised $2.86 million for purchase of the property and a Wildlands Stewardship Fund. Funding included a $346,000 grant from the Land for Maine’s Future Program.

Managed for wildlife habitat and low-impact recreation, the Wildlands is a place where you may see a moose while mountain biking, paddle along a pristine shore, or enjoy an amazing view from more than one mountain – all within minutes of Rte. 1.

The Great Pond Mountain Wildlands is in two pieces. The Dead River Section is 1,075 wooded acres on the western and southern flanks of Great Pond Mountain, sweeping from the summit down to two miles of shoreline on the Dead River – the northern arm of Alamoosook Lake. Loons cry and osprey fish along this undeveloped stretch of deadwater, and beaver and otter haunt marshy Hellbottom Swamp. Access is via boat launch at Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery on Alamoosook Lake; from the Dead River Gate parking area on Don Fish Trail, 0.5 mi. past the Hatchery; or via the Stuart Gross Trail up Great Pond Mountain, which starts 0.9 mi. up Don Fish Trail from the Fish Hatchery. There are 4 miles of gravel road and hiking paths on this section, including the Great Pond Mountain/Stuart Gross Path.

Hothole Valley is 3,420 acres of wooded valley between the peaks of Great Pond Mountain on the west; Oak Hill, Flag Hill and Flying Moose Mountain on the east; and Hothole Mountain, Condon Hill and Hedgehog Hill to the north. The valley is bisected by Hothole Brook, winding north three miles through swamps and beaver meadows to plunge into pristine Hothole Pond. Fourteen miles of gravel roads akin to Acadia’s carriage trails traverse the property; some are open to vehicle traffic on summer and fall weekends or snowmobiles in winter. All are open year round to horses, bicycles and foot traffic. Discover footpaths leading to spectacular views on Flag Hill’s bald summit, a rushing stream, or a quiet shore on Hothole Pond.

Welcome uses of the Wildlands include hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, and more. Please visit our Wildlands Maps and Guidelines page to learn more about public use and download a map.

Questions regarding use of the Wildlands? A problem to report? Contact the GPMCT office at 207 469-6929 or e-mail info@greatpondtrust.org.