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    Donating online is quick and easy! Donate online on #GivingTuesday, December 1 – a global day of giving – and be entered for a drawing for a $100 LL Bean Gift Certificate! Last year, more than 30,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. For maximum impact, consider automatic monthly giving! On our Ways of Giving page (Support menu) you can also download a 2015/16 Membership Form and learn more!

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    Christmas Greens Gathering Nov. 29

    Come to the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands in Orland Sunday, Nov. 29, 12-3 pm for a wild Christmas tree and some old-fashioned fun—a hayride, hot cocoa, goodies and a bonfire will be waiting! Cut-your-own trees or greens or choose a fresh-cut tree. Cost is $25/tree. See Events page for more info!

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    Thanks, Maine Conservation Corps!

    A Maine Conservation Corps crew of four men and two women worked Oct. 14 thru Nov. 12 to install stone steps and retaining walls, remove roots and stumps and level and stabilize the first 0.3 mile of the Stuart Gross Path up Great Pond Mountain. Come check it out! Work was funded by a $20,000 grant […]

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    Cake and VanDongen win Wildlands Trail Run

    Judson Cake of Bar Harbor was the overall winner of the 6.3-mile Wildlands Trail Run, held on a rainy fall Sunday, October 25. Cake, 37, ran the course up and over Oak and Flag Hills in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands in 43:41. Andy Goupee of Dedham took 2nd overall with a time of 45:18, […]

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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