Turtle Ridge

Greenville, Maine

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This fairly long but easy hike explores a granite landscape of cliffs and ponds. There is one of the best views of Katahdin along the Henderson Pond Trail, and fine views of the mountains to the south and west from Turtle Ridge. The remote ponds the hike passes are home to loons and visited by moose. The hike also offers some of the best fall foliage in Maine. The Turtle Ridge hike skirts several ponds, crosses ridges with fine views, and passes through several different forest and habitat types. But what is constant along the entire hike is the granite. Turtle Ridge and the other hills that the trails cross are granite mounds; the ponds are overlooked by granite cliffs, their shores dotted with boulders. The forest floor is littered with erratics, some as big as a house. You don’t reach this granite landscape until you turn onto the Turtle Ridge Trail and cross Sing-Sing Pond’s outlet stream. You then wind among large, fern-covered boulders and pines to the shore of the pond. A shelf of granite sticks out into the pond where you can rest, watch for loons, or swim in the cool water.
Best Easy Day Hikes Greenville, Maine

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Best Easy Day Hikes Greenville, Maine

by Greg Westrich (Falcon Guides)

This fairly long but easy hike explores a granite landscape of cliffs and ponds. There is one of the best views of Katahdin along the Henderson Pond Trail, and fine views of the mountains to the south and west from Turtle Ridge. The remote ponds the hike passes are home to loons and visited by moose. The hike also offers some of the best fall foliage in Maine.

The Turtle Ridge hike skirts several ponds, crosses ridges with fine views, and passes through several different forest and habitat types. But what is constant along the entire hike is the granite. Turtle Ridge and the other hills that the trails cross are granite mounds; the ponds are overlooked by granite cliffs, their shores dotted with boulders. The forest floor is littered with erratics, some as big as a house. You don’t reach this granite landscape until you turn onto the Turtle Ridge Trail and cross Sing-Sing Pond’s outlet stream. You then wind among large, fern-covered boulders and pines to the shore of the pond. A shelf of granite sticks out into the pond where you can rest, watch for loons, or swim in the cool water.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greenville
Distance: 9.9
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 6 hours
Season: May to Oct
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Nahmakanta Public Reserved Land, (207) 941-4412, www.maine.gov/nahmakanta
Local Maps: Delorme: The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer map 42; USGS Nahmakanta Stream and Wadleigh Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Turtle Ridge

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