Quill Hill is one of western Maine’s best enjoyed assets. It’s a mountaintop that’s easily accessible to just about anyone. You can drive a regular car, a truck, ATV, side-by-side – whatever you’d like – even an RV, up the well maintained (smooth) dirt road. The land is private, so it’s important to respect it, and if you can, donate to it to keep the road and lookout area in top shape. The peak of the mountain boasts an elevation of 2848′ and it offers 360° views. If you’re in the area, it’s a definite must visit. As far as Cascade Stream Gorge Trail goes, it’s a bit less majestic and grandiose when compared to Quill Hill, but it’s a fun group of waterfalls to explore nonetheless. The entire trail is less than a mile long and during the process of hiking to its end, you’ll pass a series of waterfalls and chutes. At one point, you’ll walk beside a 90 foot deep gorge with the stream at its base. It great for those who don’t mind trails that are full of large stones and tree roots. I’d say it’s on the medium side of difficulty. In this post, you’ll find photos of both of these adventurous areas as well as commentary that details our thought process before we made it to our destinations, what we thought of them once we arrived, and everything else that was related to the day. Click through to check it out!
There certainly is a lot to do in the nature and outdoors and I've done my best to write about my adventures and experiences. I've lived in five states so far in my life and within each one of them I've developed stories to tell. From exploring the old logging roads and rivers of central Connecticut to learning of new trails in and around northern Maine, I try to entertain with my friendly personality as well as stimulate with my decently amateur photography. In the posts contained within this category, I write about cutting trails on my own wooded land, share photos of insects and wildlife, and bring you along with our random trips to the outback of Maine and beyond.
With all the rain the summer season of 2021 brought us, a wide variety of mushrooms sprang to life in the woods behind our home. On top of that, wonderfully beautiful green moss has begun to carpet our trail system. In this post, I share many photos of both. Beyond these things, I include my usual bit of humor and introspection. Give it a read. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it.
Houston Brook Falls is located in Bingham, Maine and is a must visit New England waterfall. Depending on the time of year you visit (which generally dictates the amount of water going over the falls), you may experience either a trickle or a roaring beast. When we hiked the trail to these falls, we were met with heavy mist about 100 yards away. Needless to say, the river was alive that day! Check in to view some photos and video I took of this natural wonder.
If you’re looking for a quick hike and you’re in the Farmington, Maine area, consider Bonney Woods. It’s a 10 acre nature trail system that’s close to the heart of town. As a matter of fact, if you park your car near the action on Broadway or Main Street, the walk to Bonney Woods is a short one; just one third of a mile. Once there, you’ll be greeted by trails that are just over a half mile long and hemlock trees that tower over everything. Be sure to bring your camera because there’s a nearby historic cemetery as well as abundant wildlife.
French’s Mountain Trail is an extraordinary adventure that’ll lead you through some beautiful forest to the top of a mountain that overlooks two ponds in the Belgrade Lakes region of Maine. The best part of the hike is that it’s less than a mile long, so if you don’t have a lot of time, but are interested in some stunning scenery, this one’s for you. French’s Mountain is actually one of my favorite hikes in Maine; I have yet to find another that offers what the top of this mountain does. As you browse through my photos in this post, I think you’ll see exactly what I’m referring to. Choose a nice clear autumn day and I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
Lemon Stream isn’t long at all, but it sure has some pretty sections along its path. It’s even got a few waterfalls that are easily accessible by ATV, snowmobile, or car. At only 15.2 miles long, Lemon Stream is one of the shorter waterways in Franklin County, Maine. It flows into the Sandy River and by extension, the Kennebec River, therefore making it part of the Kennebec River watershed. Believe it or not, the primary source of water for this stream is a spring that’s about 1,500 feet above sea level. That spring lies between Little Mountain and Caswell Mountain in northwestern Industry. In this post, I’ll be primarily discussing the falls that are located a mere two miles downstream from the spring (the falls are at the northern end of Rand Road). We’ve ridden my ATV to the falls and have driven there in our car at well. It’s a great place to hike as well as explore the area.
Getting to Pico Ridge requires a short hike up a small mountain located in Industry, Maine. The hike is only around a third of a mile long and the incline is relatively gentle. When you arrive at the ridge (a cliff), you’ll enjoy a wonderful view over Clearwater Lake all the way to the Record Hill Wind Farm in Roxbury. On a clear day, you may even see the White Mountains in New Hampshire. More close by mountains include Mt. Blue, Mt. Abraham, Saddleback Mountain, and Tumbledown Mountain. During our hike to this ridge, we took in the views and captured some beautiful images.
The Reed Brook Falls trail and Jericho Steps in a very cool natural area located in Kingfield, Maine (just south of Carrabassett Valley). If you’re looking for an easy hike that’s only about .6 miles long and something that can be handled well by children, you may want to give this one a try. The trail was created and is maintained by a fellow called Carrabassett Jack and is super fun because of all its signage and bridges. And the falls at the end of the trail are an extra special treat. If you hike on a day after some rain or during a wetter time of year, you’ll see quite the show. Be sure to respect all the hard work that’s gone into creating the atmosphere, as it obviously took a long time to complete. During our visit, Laura and I were surprised at all the enjoyment this short excursion provided. Click through to read about our adventure and to see lots of pictures of the trail and falls, from bottom to top.
I’ve visited quite a few apple orchards in my day, from those located in Massachusetts, New York, Connecticut, to those in Maine, so I think I’m in a position to have a somewhat educated view on orchards overall. I’ll tell you, I like Morrison Hill Orchard in Farmington. I think the reason I enjoy stopping by so much is it’s smaller size. The trees (350 of them) are situated on only 10 acres, so there’s no long trek around big empty fields to get to the apples. Also, the variety is good (12 of them). Starting in August and ending in October, customers may pick the apples themselves. Laura and I have already been to this orchard on multiple occasions and what stood out is the sheer size of the apples. They’re juicy and huge! They’ve got tons of flavor too. If you’d like to visit yourself, you can find this farm at 272 Morrison Hill Road in the town of Farmington, Maine. In the following post, you’ll discover what the property looks like and will have a close up view of the apples. You’ll also see yours truly, which is always a treat.
Mount Blue State Park is huge. It covers 7,489 acres and is located in Weld, Maine, which is in Franklin County. There’s a lot to do in the park, from swimming and boating in Webb Lake to camping and hiking in designated areas. What’s interesting about the park is that it isn’t contiguous, but rather bifurcated. Part of the park includes Mount Blue itself and land to the west of it, but it also includes a section of land that touches the western shore of the lake. These two sections don’t touch one another and it’s in the smaller area along the lake that the primary campground can be found. There are many different areas to hike within the park and I’m sure we’ll get to all of them at some point. In this post, I share the story of how Laura and I hiked the Center Hill Nature Trail, which is only a half mile long. It’s got some great western views though, so if you plan on making this trip, you might want to consider watching the sunset from the cliff. It’s a beautiful area and one that we’ll surely return to.