Bradbury Mountain State Park

Portland, Maine 04108

Bradbury Mountain State Park

Bradbury Mountain State Park Professional Guide

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"Bradbury Mountain is an off-the-beaten-path state park that offers hiking, camping, and of course birding. The mountain summit, the highest point for many miles around, offers superb views of Casco Bay, parts of Sebago Lake, and on a clear day, Mount Washington in nearby New Hampshire. Bradbury Mountain is a prime southern Maine location for watching migrating birds of prey. Spend a day here in spring and you can see 100 or more Broadwinged Hawk.

Also look for Red-tailed Hawk, Sharp-shinned Hawk, and kestrels. If you are lucky you might even spy a Peregrine Falcon. You will probably see Turkey Vulture and possibly Bald Eagle and Osprey. For the maximum number of migrating birds, best viewing happens when the wind blows from the southwest. The rest of the park, including the bulk of the mountain with the exception of the summit, is forested with mixed-growth hardwoods and softwoods. In spring, especially May, look here for woodland warblers."

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Best Loop Hikes: New Hampshire's White Mountains to the Maine Coast (The Mountaineers Books)
Jeffrey Romano
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"Bradbury Mountain State Park is nearly 600 acres of open space within a half-hour’s drive of Portland. Surrounded by a growing and increasingly fast-paced community, Bradbury provides a window into the region’s agrarian past. The mountain, once a stopping place for Native Americans traveling to the ocean, more recently was home to livestock, a vineyard, an inn, small mines, and a ski lift. Today the park is a popular destination for hiking and snowshoeing, as well as mountain biking and horseback riding. With a campground, picnic tables, a small playground, and easy-to-moderate terrain, Bradbury Mountain State Park is a perfect place to bring the whole family for a relaxing outing in the woods any time of year."
Discover Maine (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Ty Wivell
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"Fun, challenging riding, minutes from downtown Freeport, with excellent trails and beautiful summit views. Bradbury Mountain was one of Maine’s original state parks and the first to welcome mountain bikers. Today, the nearly 600-acre park has a wonderful system of diverse trails accessible to riders of every level. This ride features a beautiful woods loop, a brisk ascent to the mountain’s 485foot summit, and a challenging, technical descent."

Bradbury Mountain State Park Trip Reports

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My Vermont friend and I went mountain biking and had a terrific outing. This location has extraordinary trails to challenge the well experienced mountain biker. Upon returning home, I thought that because these trails are for both bikers and hikers - it seems that mountain bikers' wear and tear on them has been greatly accelerated and most likely will promote severe erosion. I am wondering if there could be a simple plan drawn up for delineating use of these fabulous trails on one of southern Maine's natural treasures.
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Great warm up on the Knights Woods loop. Gets more technical around the Boundry trail. Trail worn down so roots and rocks are really popping up. Not for the inexperienced rider. Had to be very cautious of hikers with small children coming down the Northern loop trail but a nice clear descent compared to challenges on the way up. I wouldn't reccommend the serious rides on the weekends due to hikers and children.
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Bradbury mountain starts out as a snowmoblie trail with a gradual climb. As you appraoch the top it sections off into two gfreat single tracks. To the right you have a fast single track with some technical stuff in the middle. This route ofers two fast downhills. If you take a right they have carved out a brand new really technical single track, it is a lot slower of a ride than the other trail, but offers you a chance to work on your skills. You can ride both tracks in about an hour, and when you are done you can climb up the other side of the mountain for a really great view of the Yarmouth area.

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The spring hawk migration is highly recommended; it begins in mid-April and lasts through early May.
Best Times
Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park; Thomas Point Beach and Campground in Brunswick; Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
Local Contacts
DeLorme: Maine Atlas and Gazetteer: Page 5, C5; Page 6, D1
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