• South Gate opens June 22

    On Friday, June 22, the second day of summer, we’ll be opening the South Gate for vehicle access for the first time this year. The Gate will be open during the day on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October. This year, the North Gate, on the Bald Mountain Road in North will […]

  • New bike loop construction

    On May 20th the Bald Mt. Community Center,  the Penobscot Region New England Mountain Bike Association, and GPMCT jointly hosted a trail building school.  About 30 participants spent the morning in the classroom and the afternoon  constructing GPMCT’s first mountain bike trail. Several other land trusts were represented and PR-NEMBA provided much of the human […]

  • Join the Alewife Run—Paddle to Orland River Day June 30

    Take the scenic route to the Orland River Day festivities Saturday, June 30—join the annual Alewife Run from Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery to Orland Village! Cheri Domina of Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust and Karen Francoeur ofCastine Kayak Adventures will lead canoers and kayakers from the Alamoosook Lake beach at 8 am sharp for a leisurely 3.5-mile (less than […]

  • Give to the Great Outdoors!

    Please donate to our Annual Appeal – Support wildlife habitat, hiking trails, and nature education for kids in western Hancock County! Looking for a great holiday gift? How about a membership? Give Online, download a Membership Form, or go to our Ways of Giving Page to learn more!





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.

Maps

Wildlands maps are available online on the Wildlands Map & Guide page or at the Wildlands gates, when we can stock them. A 18×20″ full color Wildlands Map & Guide, with map, trail descriptions and information, is available at our office or at BookStacks in Bucksport. Cost is $3.99. To get one by mail, send $5.00 […]

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Letterboxing

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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Camping

Camping in the Great Pond Mountain Wildlands The Wildlands is open for camping year-round at two designated campsites, by reservation. Baker Brook is about a mile’s hike from North Gate, and is suitable for  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 […]

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Hiking

Discover Wildlands Hiking – 26 miles of multi-use trails and footpaths 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 […]

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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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