New trails and updates (June 2017)!
- A major new “path (no bikes)” now shows on the “Pownal segments” below. The path is not quite yet polished (June 2017), but easily navigated. Expect more signage and minor improvements soon (July 2017) to make these paths fully comfortable for use by the public. We discourage parking along Elmwood; we urge parking at the Lawrence Road trailhead.
- Expect significant trailwork on all State of Maine (Bradbury and Pineland) segments during summer 2017, thanks to full crews with the Maine Conservation Corps.
- Expect major snowmobile (mountain-bike and hiker-friendly) bridge work and resulting temporary closures in Pownal on the powerline, summer 2017.
- On Pineland Public Reserve Land trails in North Yarmouth (between Rt 231 and Chadsey), there are trail closures in 2017 due to a major blowdown. Stay tuned for plans to reroute the trail.
- Chandler Brook paddling (high water only) is described on our Runaround Pond webpage.
Trails now connect Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal to the Pineland Public Reserved Lands Unit in Gray and North Yarmouth, however continued trail improvements in 2017 and beyond are necessary to meet the expectations of many trail users, especially along the powerline. Not all trails on the map on this page are suitable for all people due to planned or needed maintenance or construction, and needed directional signage.
New state park land known as “The Corridor” now hosts a multi-use trail linking Bradbury State Park proper, to trails on the CMP Powerline in Pownal. Bridges provide safe crossings of Thoit’s Brook and Chandler Brook. Chandler Brook is stocked with brook trout. The trail is inviting and accessible for a wide range of users. Open fields (Tryon Fields, west of Lawrence Road) are maintained for wildlife, scenery, and winter sledding. Royal River Conservation Trust conservation easement protect adjoining properties. Easily printed 8.5 x 11 map of the Pownal segments. “The Corridor” is jurisdictionally distinct from Bradbury Mountain State Park: Hunting is allowed on the corridor (but not in much of the park.) Dogs are sometimes prohibited in sensitive deer yards in the Corridor. Some of the Corridor is private land, with public deeded rights. Please comply with any and all posted rules or signs along the trail, especially respecting private property postings.
Tryon Mountain (Pownal)
Tryon Mountain’s summit includes old quarries and delightful opportunities for children to explore for minerals and treasures. Old stone walls and ledges enhance the trails through deep woods. Tryon Mountain’s trails are included in the maps above.
The CMP Corridor that connects the state park corridor and Pineland is suitable for winter uses, but challenging in the summer at three bridge locations; plan to dismount from bikes and walk carefully on bridges on the powerline. Gates that are open in the winter may be closed in summer, even though summer uses are permitted by CMP and Maine BPL. Look for planned improvements in 2017 or later; the snowmobile club hopes to rebuilt the challenging trail bridge just north of Elmwood in 2017; this will likely result in a temporary trail closure. Local snowmobile clubs provide maintenance and mapping of connecting snowmobile trails along CMPs corridors and nearby towns.
Pineland Public Reserved Land
Connections to “Pineland” refer to trails on state forests (Pineland Public Reserved Lands Unit) in Gray, North Yarmouth, and New Gloucester. These trails do not connect to nearby Pineland Farms’ extensive trail networks. Trails on Pineland Public Reserved Lands allow dogs, allow hunting, and are open to the public at no charge. (Nearby well-managed Pineland Farms trails do not allow dogs or hunting, and require payment.) The new trails are designed primarily for hiking and mountain bikes (narrow planks to cross wet spots). Allowed uses that may be challenged by the planks include ski, snowshoe, or horse. In 2017, one key connecting trail segment (within the Town of North Yarmouth) is closed due to a winter 2017 blowdown. Plan to either avoid that trail, bypass the blowdown through open woods, or expect trail work and re-routing in 2017 or 2018. Easily printed 8.5 x 11 map of the Pineland Public Reserved Land segments.
Hunting is allowed near many trails, while it is prohibited in some sections of Bradbury State Park. Hunters and trail users should always use caution and wear orange; trail users should consider using other trails during hunting season. Dogs can considerably disrupt game and habitat, especially during winter when deer are exhausted by deep snow; keeping dogs on leash or under strict control on paths is appreciated by hunters and wildlife.
Please stay on marked trails, and respect the many private landowners who both host marked trails, and ask that their private trails, fields, and forests be respected. Some private landowners allow special public events or snowmobile usage on their trails upon request, but do not allow general public access
Pets & Horses
Pets are best on trails when they are on leash; leashes are required on some trails. Pets and wildlife benefit when pets stay on trails. Please always remove pet and horse waste, even in remote trail sections. Pet waste is a significant factor in the water quality of fishing brooks like Chandler Brook.
More Connections Planned
Many of the parcels and trails above were funded in part by the Land for Maine’s Future program. The Royal River Conservation Trust is working with the Town of Pownal and Bradbury Mountain State Park to develop and publish maps of additional trail connections in 2017 or later. Contact us for more information on our plans.