Hiking Mountains in Hancock County

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Hiking Mountains in Hancock County

As many vacationers  research mountains and trails to explore in Maine, the most common area to go hiking is in Bar Harbor, Maine at Acadia National Park.  Although the views are amazing from the top of Cadillac Mountain, the traffic through Bar Harbor makes the travel time far more hectic to maneuver. If you are looking for a more rural, less populated area Great Pond Mountain is the perfect fit for you.

Great Pond Mountain Conservation in Orland, Maine has a lot of amazing trails through the wild lands.  Certain trails in the conservation wild lands are designated for walking only. There are other “multi use” trails that are pet, bike and horse back riding friendly.  If you bring your dogs please make sure to have them on a leash and clean up after them.

Each trail is marked for easy identification for walking or multi use designation on the trail. The color coordinated markers and trail signs make for easy traveling so that you do not get off course or end up on a different hike then expected. There are a variety of trails that ranging from easy to more of an intermediate level. The “shorter trail” may be less miles but offers a steeper incline to climb to the top, but is rewarding with a gradual down hill slope back to the bottom.

Four season friendly for all your hobbies, many of the trails are great for hiking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

If you are not comfortable walking the trails alone, you can contact one of their seasoned wild land experts who leads moderate Sunday hikes. Check out their website for contact information for hike days with Sarah.

For descriptions of access points and maps check out their website here!

Fun activities for you and your family along the trails:
  • Geocaching  – Download the app and search Orland, ME for geocache locations. Not sure what Geocaching is all about? Check out the Ultimate Guide to Geocaching for more info!
  • Letter boxing – Search Orland, ME and look for Great Pond Mountain. There will be clues to letter boxes on the trail.

After hiking stop by Craig Pond or Alamoosook Lake for a quick dip in the water or a nice picnic . The entrance to both water accesses are on the same road as the parking area for hiking.

  • public restrooms with changing areas
  • picnic tables
  • grilling

The best part about this location is that it is right down the road from Cappy’s Retreat, Loon Toddy Pond Cottage, Red Toddy Pond Cottage Lazy Lane, Williams Wonder and McAndrews on the Rocks.  


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