Bradbury Mountain State Park

Pownal, Maine 4069

Bradbury Mountain State Park

Bradbury Mountain State Park Professional Review and Guide

"A hike on a woodland loop and to the summit of a lone mountain. Bradbury Mountain State Park is a quiet, attractive park in southern Maine, not far from several other trailheads. Woodland campsites here offer relative seclusion. The trails are never crowded.

The Knight Woods Loop, a new trail, begins across from the parking lot. It is marked by a sign with a picture of a hiker. The trail goes through a pine grove with a stone wall on the left. At the first fork in the trail, take a right. This trail is marked with white blazes nailed to the trees. The trail here is smooth and carpeted with pine needles."

More Bradbury Mountain State Park Professional Reviews and Guides

"Bradbury Mountain State Park is crisscrossed with more than 20 miles of trails. Most of the trails are open to hikers, horses, mountain bikers, and cross-country skiers in the winter.

The Summit Trail up to the open granite summit is one of the few hiker-only trails. The summit offers fine views east across the flat coastal plain to the ocean. The descent off the mountain follows two of the other hiker-only trails through mature forest that has grown up on former farm land."

"Bradbury Mountain State Park is crisscrossed with more than 20 miles of trails. Most of the trails are open to hikers, horses, mountain bikers, and cross-country skiers in the winter. The Summit Trail up to the open granite summit is one of the few hiker-only trails. The summit offers fine views east across the flat coastal plain to the ocean. The descent off the mountain follows two of the other hiker-only trails through mature forest that has grown up on former farmland.

In Britain there is an official definition of a mountain. To
be called a mountain, a landform has to be more than 2,000
feet high or stand out from the surrounding country by more than 500 feet. In the United States there used to be a similar definition, but it has fallen out of use. It’s almost too bad. If we still had to come up with other designations for less lofty landforms, we could use more descriptive names. Bradbury Mountain, for example, is only 485 feet high—not a mountain by either definition."

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3/16/2018
I really love this park. It's a great place to take kids or folks who can't hike very far due to disability or age or health constraints. The views are fantastic for the amount of work invested. It's literally 0.1 miles from the trailhead! You can view the hawk migrations from the summit. If you want a longer hike you can take the Northern Loop trail & the Boundary Trail around the park to the summit and get a varied landscape from deciduous trees into a beautiful coniferous hillside. Highly recommended for a fall hike. Best, Kasey Marsters foxtrickadventures.com
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10/21/2008
Your fairly standard State Park. There is a fee to get in to use the trails, cookout area or playground. The parking area is nice and big. You can bring dogs, but they MUST be leashed. The trails area well trampled and easy to follow. This place gets very crowded in the summer/weekends. There are several trails to enjoy.
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7/24/2003
Relatively easy hike to the summit. Trail could be better marked but still seems to receive quite a bit of use. Most of the trail is gravel with few rocky areas, a good easy hike at a modest pace.
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Trail Information

Pownal
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
1.3
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
Year-round.
Season
Maine Department of Conservation, (207) 289-3821
Local Contacts
DeLorme's The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer
Local Maps

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Oct 2018