Wildlands Maps & Guidelines

Wildlands Maps

  • Download Wildlands Map 2017 here. This is a two-page, color, 8 1/2 x 11″ PDF.
  • To receive our full color, 18×20″ map with trail descriptions and fun family adventures, send $3 and a self-addressed, stamped envelope to GPMCT, PO Box 266, Orland, ME  04472. GPMCT members get a copy free – if you’re a member, request yours at info@greatpondtrust.org or 207 469-6929, or see us at our GPMCT office in Bucksport.
  • Maps can also be purchased at BookStacks in Bucksport or Cadillac Mountain Sports in Ellsworth.

Sample Hikes

Here are links to “One-Minute Hikes” videos by Aislinn Sarnacki of the Bangor Daily News, featuring Wildlands Trails!

Wildlands User Guidelines

Use of the Wildlands is free; donations are welcome in the iron rangers located at North and South Gates.

South Gate on Rte. 1 in Orland, Maine is open to traffic weekends only, mid-June-October, 8 am to sundown (and some Fridays). Check closing time at kiosk! Inner parking lot located at Hothole Brook Rd.; or park roadside at trailheads. Do not drive past or block cedar barricades.

Year-round, visitors may use parking lots at South Gate (Rte. 1 just south of Rte. 176 intersection); North Gate (Bald Mtn. Road 0.2 mi west of Winkumpaugh); or Craig Brook Nat’l Fish Hatchery. Dead River Gate (0.5 mi. up Don Fish Road beyond Craig Brook Nat’l Fish Hatchery); or Stuart Gross Trailhead (to Great Pond Mtn.), 0.9 mi. up Don Fish Road from the hatchery, have no winter access – park at the fish hatchery.

Welcome uses of the Wildlands include hiking, jogging, bicycling, horseback riding, fishing, hunting, photography, nature study, paddling, picnicking, berry-picking, x-c skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.

No ATVs, dirt bikes or other off-road vehicles are allowed.

Horseback riders, please avoid footpaths (stay on multi-use trails) and remove droppings from parking lots. Horse trailer parking available at South Gate and along Valley Road when South Gate is open, or at Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery for Dead River property. Riding groups, please call 469-6929 or e-mail info@greatpondtrust.org to notify us of a large group ride.

Bicyclists, please avoid footpaths and stay on multi-use trails.

Dogs are allowed on leash only; please protect the wildlife and your dog! Thanks for removing feces from trails, roads and parking lot. Please note: Dogs are not allowed on Hothole Brook Trail or Great Meadow Trail, to protect wildlife denning areas and corridors.

Hunters, please register to hunt by calling 207 322-6725 or e-mailing shawn@greatpondtrust.org. Read our Wildlands Hunting & Trapping Policy 2017 here.

Snowmobiles are welcome on designated trails. For a map of area trails, please visit the Family Snowmobile Club website.

Geocaching: Have a GPS unit and want to try geocaching? Go to http://www.geocaching.com for Wildlands caches.  If you want to place a cache, please contact us first about it.

Camping and fires are by permission only in two designated campsites, for a small fee. Please download our Wildlands Camping Policy/Registration Form and Leave No Trace principles.

Groups seeking special permission to have the gates opened or to use the property in a way other than what’s listed above should consult our Wildlands Special Use Policy before contacting us.

Please take only pictures and leave only footprints! Berry-picking is allowed, but please do not remove wildflowers or other plants, or animals. Remove all trash. Thanks for keeping the Wildlands wild! Questions or comments? Please call 207 469-6929 or e-mail info@greatpondtrust.org.