Forests and Lakes – For People – Forever ®

New Trail Opens In The Downeast Lakes Community Forest

October 5, 2016

towerThe Downeast Lakes Land Trust recently celebrated the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend with a group hike along a newly-created trail in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest.  A group from the Student Conservation Association (SCA) built the trail this summer, along with clearing brush on other DLLT trails.  Beginning near the historic Grand Lake Stream fire tower, the “Tower Hill Trail” meanders through mixed woodlands, travels up and over a hardwood ridge, and ends at Bonney Brook Road.  The trail is an “out-and-back” trail, measuring 1.1 miles each way.

Parking for this trail is located at the Grand Lake Stream Dam.  Hikers can cross the dam and follow the snowmobile trail east to the Grand Lake Stream fire tower.  The trailhead is on the right, after passing the tower.  In the future, DLLT plans to extend the Tower Hill Trail to create a loop that will include the shoreline of Bonney Brook Lake.

“The Tower Hill Trail explores a beautiful stretch of woods that is very accessible from Grand Lake Stream,” said DLLT Education and Outreach Manager Colin Brown.  “Opening this trail gives residents and visitors another option for great hiking in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest.”

DLLT maintains several hiking trails in the Downeast Lakes Community Forest.  For more information about the Tower Hill Trail or others, please contact DLLT at (207) 796 – 2100 or email