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    Fall Membership Fling!

    Show some love for your favorite trails this fall! Support wildlife habitat, recreational trails, clean water and working forests in western Hancock County – join or renew your membership! Give Online, download a Membership Form, or go to our Ways of Giving Page to learn more! Memberships make a great gift, too – we’ll send a card, newsletter and Wildlands map to the recipient.

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    2016 Downeast Double Trouble Trail Race Challenge

    Looking for a fun running challenge and a way to support local trails? GPMCT and Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) are sponsoring the 4th annual Downeast Double Trouble Trail Race Challenge. That’s two races held one weekend apart, with the GPMCT Wildlands Trail Race on Sunday, October 30 and the FBC Autumn Trail Race on Sunday, […]

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    Roger’s Linear Rangers

    Join Roger’s Linear Rangers every Friday morning at 8 am for some boundary marking fun in the Wildlands! See some of Orland’s most beautiful and rugged territory. To join & get details, contact Roger at 567-3458 or geezerduff@gmail.com, or Brian at 812-2044 or brian@greatpondtrust.org.

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    Doherty, Keeney are Volunteers of the Year

    Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust honored David Doherty of Orland and Peter Keeney of Bar Harbor as 2015-16 Volunteers of the Year, at the land trust’s annual meeting July 10. The land trust recognized Doherty for his volunteer work rebuilding the Stuart Gross Trail on Orland’s Great Pond Mountain, and his participation in the Adopt-a-Path […]

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.

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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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Baker Brook Shelter


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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