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Exploring the Wilderness:The Beauty of Blue Ridge Trail System - Maine

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Exploring the Wilderness: Blue Ridge Trail System - Maine

Trail Activity: Length. 9.80 miles 

Network: Difficulty. Moderate, Advanced

Surface: Dirt/Forest Floor, Rock/Ledge.

The Blue Ridge Trail System, situated north of the Katahdin Iron Works(KI) Rd. and east of Greenville, Maine, offers outdoor enthusiasts a remarkable wilderness experience. This trail system is renowned for its scenic beauty, diverse ecosystems, and abundance of outdoor activities. With two trailheads and multiple trail segments, visitors have the opportunity to explore pristine ponds, rugged ridge lines, and dense forests, all while immersing themselves in the tranquility of nature while exploring the wilderness.

Blue Ridge Trail Activities:

  • Hiking: Explore the network of trails that wind through the forested landscape, offering varying levels of difficulty and stunning views of the surrounding wilderness.

  • Fishing: Cast your line into the clear waters of the ponds and try your hand at catching brook trout, rainbow trout, and other freshwater species that inhabit these pristine waters.

  • Wildlife Viewing: Keep an eye out for wildlife such as moose, deer, and various bird species that call the Blue Ridge Trail System home. Binoculars are recommended for a closer look at the diverse flora and fauna.

  • Picnicking: Take a break from your outdoor adventures and enjoy a leisurely picnic by the shores of one of the scenic ponds. Relax amidst the natural beauty and savor the tranquility of the wilderness.


  • Katahdin Iron Works Road Trailhead:

    • This trailhead serves as the gateway to the Blue Ridge Trail System. Located north of Katahdin Iron Works Road, it provides access to various trail segments leading to the ponds and ridgelines of the area.

  • Greenville Trailhead:

    • Situated east of Greenville, this trailhead offers convenient access to the trail system for visitors coming from the town. It provides an alternative starting point for exploring the trails and ponds of the Blue Ridge area.

Ponds Along the Trail:

  • Lower Blue Pond: Nestled amidst the forested landscape, Lower Blue Pond offers serene surroundings and excellent opportunities for fishing and wildlife observation. Anglers can try their luck at catching brook trout or simply enjoy the peaceful ambiance of the pond.

  • Upper Blue Pond: Located further along the trail, Upper Blue Pond is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Surrounded by towering trees and rocky outcrops, this pristine pond is perfect for a tranquil picnic or a refreshing swim on a hot summer day.

  • Little Moose Pond: As you continue your journey through the Blue Ridge Trail System, you'll come across Little Moose Pond. This picturesque pond is a popular spot for birdwatching, with the chance to spot a variety of avian species amidst the tranquil waters and lush vegetation.

  • Big Moose Pond: The largest pond in the area, Big Moose Pond offers stunning views and ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. Whether you're paddling across its pristine waters, casting a line for trout, or simply soaking in the natural beauty, Big Moose Pond is a must-visit destination along the trail.

The Blue Ridge Trail System offers a true escape into nature, where visitors can reconnect with the great outdoors and experience the beauty of Maine's wilderness. Whether you're embarking on a challenging hike, casting a line into the crystal-clear waters, or simply enjoying a peaceful stroll through the forest, the Blue Ridge Trail System promises an unforgettable adventure for all who explore its trails and ponds.

Plan Your Adventure at Blue Ridge Trail System

Whether you're a seasoned outdoor enthusiast or a novice explorer, the Blue Ridge Trail system offers something for everyone to enjoy. So grab your gear, pack your sense of adventure, and embark on an unforgettable journey through the rugged wilderness of northern Maine.

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Place to Stay

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