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Want the Trail to Yourself? Top 3 Trails Recommended by Forest Society of Maine


hiker at the top of the mountain with a tremendous scenic view

Top 3 Trails Recommended by Forest Society of Maine

If you're looking to escape the crowds and immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of the Moosehead Lake region, the Forest Society of Maine (FSM) has the perfect trails for you. FSM holds conservation easements across the region, including the expansive 359,000-acre Moosehead Region Conservation Easement (MRCE). Since 2015, multiple new trails have been constructed on the MRCE and are managed by the state of Maine, offering hikers serene and less-traveled paths with stunning vistas.


Here are the top 3 trails:


For those seeking a challenging hike with breathtaking views, the new Eagle Rock Trail is an excellent alternative to the frequently visited Big Moose. Spanning 7.4 miles (round-trip), this trail promises a full and satisfying day of hiking. The trailhead parking lot is rarely full, ensuring a peaceful and undisturbed experience. As you make your way to Eagle Rock, you'll be rewarded with panoramic views that are well worth the effort.


If you prefer a shorter adventure, the Number 4 Mountain Trail, located east of Moosehead Lake, is an ideal choice. This 3.4-mile round-trip hike offers a moderate challenge and spectacular scenery. The trail is perfect for a half-day hike and provides ample opportunities for wildlife viewing and photography.


To the north of Moosehead Lake lies the Big Spencer Mountain Trail, a relatively short but steep ascent to one of the region’s tallest peaks, standing at 3,230 feet. This 4-mile round-trip trail is a must-visit for avid hikers. You don’t even have to reach the summit to enjoy exceptional views. A small clearing just one mile from the trailhead offers stunning vistas of Lobster and Chesuncook lakes and Baxter State Park, making it a great picnic spot.


Why Hike with the Forest Society of Maine?

The trails managed by the Forest Society of Maine provide a unique opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the Moosehead Lake region without the hustle and bustle of more popular trails. Whether you're an experienced hiker looking for a challenge or someone seeking a peaceful walk through nature, FSM's trails cater to all levels and interests.


Contact Information

For more information about the trails and conservation efforts by the Forest Society of Maine, please contact:


Forest Society of Maine


Explore the hidden gems of the Moosehead Lake region with the Forest Society of Maine. With trails that offer tranquility and spectacular views, you'll find the perfect hike for your next outdoor adventure.


What to Do in Moosehead Lake

For those seeking more activities and detailed guides, Moose River Lookout offers a wealth of information about the Moosehead Lake area. From seasonal events and community news to outdoor adventure guides and dining recommendations, Moose River Lookout is your new resource for exploring the region. In addition to hiking, you can find information on boating, fishing, camping, and local attractions.

Want more information checkout our Moosehead News!


Looking for the perfect place to stay during your visit to the Monson, Shirley, Greenville, Rockwood, and Jackman areas of Maine? Look no further than our Rockwood cabin rental which is situated on the picturesque Moose River at the base of Blue Ridge Mountain, Moose River Lookout offers unbeatable access to Maine's ITS66 Interconnected Trail System, right from your backyard.


Whether you're here to explore the great outdoors or simply relax and unwind, Moose River Lookout provides the perfect home base for your Maine adventure.

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