Access & Maps

Wildlands Maps

  • Download Wildlands Color Map 2018 here
  • To receive our full color, 18 x 20″ map with trail and other information, send $5 to GPMCT, PO Box 266, Orland, ME  04472. If you’re a member, request your free map at info@greatpondtrust.org or 207 469-6929, or see us at our GPMCT office in Bucksport
  • Maps can also be purchased at BookStacks and the Chamber of Commerce in Bucksport or Cadillac Mountain Sports in Ellsworth
  • Download printable 2019 B & W map

 

Access to the Wildlands

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 vehicle access and is open to walking, running, biking, horseback riding and snowmobiling seasonally.  A variety of trails, easy to strenuous, will guide you to special views and other places off the beaten path. Access is free.

In the Wildlife Protection Zone, wildlife habitat is the priority. People are welcome, but please walk your dog on one of the many other trails in the Wildlands.

Using the Wildlands: activities, information and guidelines

Access Points:

There are 4 trailheads where you can park and enter the Wildlands. The North and South gates are open to cars Friday- Sunday from mid-June through October.

South Gate:  Link to Map The gate and the parking lot are on US Route 1 on the opposite side and 100 yards west of the Rt 1- Rt 176 intersection in East Orland. It is 8 miles east of McDonalds in Bucksport or 11 miles west from the intersection of Rt 1 and Rt 1A in Ellsworth. Street address: 1574 Acadia Highway    Inside the gate, 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 is at Mushrall Meadow about 1.3 mi. from the South Gate. An outhouse is available just south of the main inner parking lot at Valley Road and Hothole Brook Trail junction.

North Gate: Link to Map From H.O.M.E. on Route 1 in Orland, at the top of the hill, take Upper Falls Road north for 4 miles. Turn right on Bald Mountain Road. Go about 3 miles to the Wildlands North Gate (Valley Road) on the right. It’s about .3 miles west of the intersection of Bald Mtn Rd and Winkumpaugh Road. Plug this “plus” address into your gps: J9H2+RQ Orland, Maine. Parking lot is 1.3 miles in at Baker Brook

Dead River Gate: Link to Map Foot, Bicycle, Horse access. On the Don Fish Road 0.5 mi. past Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery, this gate accesses the west side of the Wildlands; parking available; horse trailer parking at Hatchery. Turn off US Route 1 in East Orland onto Hatchery Road, following signs for Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery. Go 1.4 miles to the Hatchery and continue another .6 miles, through the gate onto the gravel Don Fish Road. The Wildlands gate and parking lot are on the left. Street address:  24 Don Fish Trail, Orland, ME

Mountain Trailhead: Link to Map Foot access only. It is .5 miles past the Dead River Gate (see above), with parking on the right. Street Address: 70 Don Fish Trail, Orland, ME 

“One-Minute Hikes” videos by Aislinn Sarnacki of the Bangor Daily News

 

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