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Bradbury Mountain State Park Mountain Bike Trails

Southern Coast Region

Wildlife Viewing, Family Friendly
Trail Description
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Location: Pownal, ME. Cumberland County.

Length/Configuration: 18.5 mile network of interconnecting trails including 6 miles of wide doubletrack and 12 miles of tight singletrack.

Terrain/Surface: Ranges from wide smooth doubletrack to tight, technical singletrack over forested rolling terrain.

Technical Difficulty: Mostly Intermediate and Advanced. Wide doubletrack trails good for beginners.

Elevation Change: Some steep climbs on Snowmobile, Boundary and Switchback Trails. Gradual ascent on Northern Loop Trail to summit of 500 ft. Bradbury Mountain.

Trail Use: Hiking, mountain biking, hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling

Caution: During spring thaw and rainy conditions, check with the park about trail closures.  Trails on the east side of Route 9 are open to hunting during the firearm season. Trails on the West Side of Route 9 during this time are closed to hunting.

 

 

Bradbury Mountain Trail Map

Bradbury Mountain Trail Map

Note: This trail map is a graphical representation designed for general reference purposes only. Read Full Disclaimer.

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General Description

Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal, ME is a popular, four season outdoor recreation and trail destination. The park is located in the Casco Bay region of southern Maine just 30 miles from Portland and Auburn-Lewiston, two of Maine’s largest urban centers and 5 miles north of Freeport, a town well-known for it’s outlet shopping bargains.

The forested, Bradbury Mountain with a summit scoured bald by glacier action during the last ice age, is the hub of Bradbury Mountain State Park.  Rising to 469-ft above sea level, it may be considered more of a hill than a mountain, but mountain bikers from all over the northeast know that a mountain or park need not be huge in order to be a significant mountain biking mecca. This is certainly true of 800-acre Bradbury Mountain State Park, Maine's first state park.

Over 18 miles of multi-use trails are shared by hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and cross country skiers. The trails radiate out from the mountain like spokes on a wheel and run over varied terrain to create excellent mountain biking options and endless trail connections for riders of all ability and skill levels.

The panoramic views of the Casco Bay coastal plain, opportunities to watch migrating hawks, eagles and osprey soar on thermal updrafts or view the rainbow colors of changing seasons on the landscape below, draw trail users of all types to the summit of Bradbury Mountain. By design, there are trails of varied lengths and difficulty levels to lead you there.

Several trails that climb the steep southern face of the mountain, like the Summit and South Ridge Trails are designated for hiking only. The challenging and technical multi-use Boundary Trail, popular with intermediate to advanced riders, climbs the north and west slopes. The Northern Loop Trail provides an easier path with a gradual climb up the east side of the mountain.

Bradbury Mountain State Park and adjacent conservation lands also provide habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals. In addition to migrating raptors and songbirds, observant wildlife watchers can spot red and gray squirrels, ruffed grouse, wild turkey, American Woodcock, white-tail deer, porcupine, red fox and snowshoe hares.

Park Facilities: include over 40 camping and RV sites, showers, sheltered and open picnic areas, restrooms, playground and ball field.

There is even a bike wash station located at the south end of the upper parking lot to clean your bike after your ride. How cool is that!

 

The Trails: Bradbury Mountain State Park

There are 18.8 miles of shared-use trails within Bradbury Mountain State Park. Of these, over 12 miles were designed especially for optimum mountain biking experiences. The well-marked and maintained trails vary from wide woods roads and doubletrack snowmobile trails to narrow singletrack trails.

The Maine Department of Conservation is currently working to expand the trail system by linking Bradbury State Park to contiguous and nearby conserved lands. This includes the development of a trail from the park's northern boundary, across Tryon Mountain, across a Power Corridor to the Pineland Public Land Unit, a state-owned parcel of woodlands and agricultural fields with an existing three-mile trail network.

Route 9 bisects the Bradbury Mountain State Park north/south dividing Bradbury Mountain State Park into two distinct sections: East and West.

Bradbury Mountain East Side Trails

All of the trails on the east side of the park are open to mountain bikes. Trail intersections are marked by numbered wooden posts. This is where you’ll find most of the intermediate and beginner singletrack trails. The trails range from fast and flowy to tight and twisty with ups and downs, drops, bridges, and rocky, rooty sections. There is no real elevation gain in this half of the park. The trails mostly wind through old abandoned fields that have reverted to a mixed growth forest of paper birch, red maple, white pine and red oak over the last 40 to 50 years.

Snowmobile Trail: 1.5 miles. Easy
The wide, doubletrack snowmobile trail bisects the area north/south providing connections to other trails in the section allowing for any number of longer loop rides. This flat and wide thoroughfare trail is perfect for beginners getting used to biking off pavement in the woods. There are a few steep grades, however.

Knight Woods Trail: 1.1 miles. Easy
Wide family-friendly biking with kids trail with slight grade. Several interpretive signs along the route provide trail users with a brief history of the area, forest and wildlife.

Fox East Trail: 1.4 miles and Fox West Trail (IMBA): 1.2 miles. Intermediate
Narrow, singletrack with sharp turns, bridges, long skinnies, up and downs, slick rocky and rooty sections and a few steep hills. Warm up on the Fox West Trail built by IMBA then tackle the fast Fox East which is the more challenging of the two trails.

Ginn Trail: 2.6 Miles. Intermediate
Narrow singletrack with a series of technical, rolling climbs, several bridges and skinnies.

Island Trail: 1.3 miles. Intermediate
Relatively new trail accessed from the Lanzo Trail consists of narrow singletrack with very sharp turns and a few bridges.

Lanzo Trail: 1.6 miles. Intermediate.
Fairly level, narrow and flowy singletrack lined with logs. While you will encounter rock, roots and a few sharp turns and bridges, there is nothing overly technical.

Ragan Trail: 0.7 miles. Intermediate
Narrow, rolling and flowy single track with obstacles that you can can opt to go around. This trail also features a challenging, high bridge for those who have no fear of heights and the confidence born of practice on less lofty obstacles.

O Trail: 2.4 miles. Advanced
This is the most challenging trail on this side of the park. Narrow, twisty singletrack with many razor sharp turns, technical rock sections, ascents and descents.

Bradbury Mountain West Side Trails

Bradbury Mountain is the main feature, so naturally more challenging terrain can be found in this section of the park.  The forest is more open oak-pine woodlands with a number of mature hemlock and white pine stands. The upper slopes of the mountain feature rocky outcrops, ledges and stunted trees interspersed with grasses.  The northern and western boundaries are lined with old rock walls, that used to delineate farm fields and pastures that once existed here.

Tote Road: 1 mile. White Blaze: Easy
The flat and wide popular Tote Road Trail provides the easiest ride to the summit of Bradbury Mountain. From the summit, it loops around the northern and western parts of the park through oak-pine forest back to the summit.

Northern Loop Trail: 1.0 miles. Blue Blaze: Easy / Intermediate
The Northern Loop Trail is a wide, doubletrack trail that begins at the north end of the northern parking lot off Route 9. The trail soon passes an old quarry where feldspar was mined in the 1920’s to make crockery and china and gradually ascends to the summit of Bradbury mountain. On the way, it connects to several trails on the northern flank of the mountain and provides access to the North Bluff Lookout.

Kristas Trail: 0.8 miles. Intermediate
Tight and hilly singletrack loop that can be accessed from the Tote Road.

Ski Trail: 0.2 miles, Green Blaze: Easy / Intermediate
Double track with a short gradual ascent up the northern face of the mountain. Can be accessed from the Tote Road Trail, Northern Loop Trail and Boundary Trail.

Switchback Trail: 0.3 miles.
A challenging route down from the summit with tight turns that travels over rock ledges as it drops 200-ft down to the parking lot from the summit.

 

Wildlife Notes

Bradbury Mountain Hawk Watch

Each spring, volunteer birdwatchers including a professional ornithologist gather on the summit of Bradbury Mountain each day for a two month period beginning March 15 to monitor the annual Hawk and Raptor migration. The goal is to document all raptors that pass the mountain on their way north to determine long-term trends in populations. Last spring, the watch staff observed a record 4,474 hawks, including 52 bald eagles, 500 ospreys and 1,746 broad-winged hawks. This is a great family activity and the opportunity to learn how to identify the different species that may pass by.

 

Historical Notes

Before the first Europeans arrived, Wabanakis camped on Bradbury Mountain during trips to the coast. Later, farming, milling lumber and the quarrying of granite powered the local economy. Evidence of this early industry can still be seen throughout the park. The land on which the park is located was first settled in the early 1800’s by the Cotton family, who grew grapes on terraces still visible on the mountain.  Near the Northern Loop Trail, Cattle Pounds that were used to hold stray cattle, sheep and pigs still stand and are marked by interpretive signs. Trail users along the Boundary Trail travel along miles of rock walls that once delineated the boundaries of different farms and pastures.

In 1925-1929, feldspar mined from the base of Bradbury Mountain was shipped to mills in New Jersey and used for making dinnerware and bathtubs. A simultaneous operation occurred at Tryon Mountain as well. Several quarry pits and a still-erect derrick pole can be found at the Tryon site.

 

Mayall Mills: On Mayall Road about one mile on the left at the intersection of Megquier Road in Gray, ME.

The Mayall Mill, established by Samuel Mayallin in 1791, was the first successful water-powered woolen mill in North America. Despite fierce opposition from British woolen guilds who had prohibited the production of goods in the colonies and attempts to prevent British technology from being put to use in competition against them, the Mayall Mills grew from a single wooden structure into a sprawling mill complex. It featured two large buildings known as the Lower Mill and the Upper Mill, each powered by the water of Collyer Brook. At it’s peak, the mill employed 20 people and produced 30,000 yards of woolen cloth in a year. The mills ceased operation in 1903.

While not much remains, the ruins of the mill and associated structures are still visible today and are open to the public.

 

Directions To Trailhead

From the south: Take I-295 to Exit 22/ Freeport-Durham. At end of ramp turn right onto Mallett Dr. At the end of Mallett Dr. turn left onto Dutham Rd, travel a short distance to Pownal Rd and turn right. Head west about 5 miles to Pownal Center (Pownal Rd turns into Elmwood Rd). In Pownal Center turn right onto Rt.9. Entrance to park is on the left.

From the north: Take I-295 to Exit 22/Freeport-Durham. At the end of the ramp turn left onto Mallett Dr. and follow above directions.

 

For More information

Bradbury Mountain State Park
528 Hallowell Road
Pownal, ME 04069

Phone: (207) 688-4712

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
22 State House Station
18 Elkins Lane (AMHI Campus)
Augusta, ME 04333-0022

Phone: (207) 287-3821

Website: Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands - Bradbury Mountain

 

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