The 4,500 acre Wildlands encompasses several small mountain peaks, numerous streams and frontage on the Dead River and Hothole Pond. A network of gravel roads provides seasonal vehicle access to some areas, which are open to walking, running, biking, horseback riding and snowmobiling year-round. A variety of trails, from easy to strenuous, will guide you to some of the special views and other places off the beaten path. Access is free. In the Wildlife Protection Zone, wildlife habitat is a priority. We don’t exclude people, but please walk your dog on one of the many other trails in the Wildlands.
There are 4 trailheads where you can park and enter by foot, bicycle or horse. There are two vehicle-access gates where you can drive in on summer weekends on a limited schedule:
Hothole Valley South Gate: Rte. 1 near Rte. 176 intersection, is open to cars 8 a.m. to sunset on weekends from mid-June through October, and some Fridays. Visitors can park at several areas identified on the map. Please do not park on Valley Road or block emergency access barricades. Horse trailer parking at Mushrall Meadow about 1.3 mi. from South Gate. An outhouse is available just south of the main inner parking lot at Valley Road and Hothole Brook Trail junction.
Hothole Valley North Gate: Bald Mountain Road will be open on a similar schedule as the South Gate beginning in September 2018.
Dead River Gate: Don Fish Road 0.5 mi. past Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery accesses the west side of the Wildlands; parking available; horse trailer parking at Hatchery.
Mountain Trailhead: Don Fish Road 1.0 mi. past Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery; parking available.
“One-Minute Hikes” videos by Aislinn Sarnacki of the Bangor Daily News
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.
Please avoid foot-travel-only trails (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 Gate. Riding groups, please call 469-6929 or e-mail email@example.com to notify us of a large group ride.
Please stay on multi-use trails and avoid foot-travel-only trails.
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, Hothole Pond, Coywolf or Birding Trails, to protect wildlife denning and nesting areas.
Welcome on designated trails. For a map of area trails, please visit the Family Snowmobile Club website.
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.
By permission only in two designated campsites, for a small fee. Please download our Wildlands Camping Policy/Registration Form
If your group wants to have the gates opened or to use the property in a way other than what’s listed above, consult our Wildlands Special Use Policy and contact us.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.