Hikers along the trail near Bald Mountain Pond in Maine
Chris Bennett

2,620 reasons to celebrate improved protection for one of America’s most beloved trails

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Happy news for all who seek adventure: today we’re proud to announce the permanent protection of 2,620 acres of remote and rugged forest along a stretch of the Appalachian Trail in northern Maine.

Visitors have long had to rely on permission from timber companies to access Bald Mountain Pond—an arrangement that was more tradition than guarantee. 

Hikers visit Bald Mountain Pond in MaineA.T. hikers skirt the far shore of Bald Mountain Pond, threading through century-old forests and taking in views of Mount Katahdin, before bedding down for a night in a sturdy hikers’ shelter just a few steps from the pond’s banks.Photo credit: Chris Bennett

But today, thanks to the support of concerned citizens like you, this iconic stretch of the A.T. is now permanently protected for future generations of hikers, campers, and paddlers to explore. 

Paddling at Bald Mountain PondCold, clear Bald Mountain Pond in Maine welcomes paddlers and anglers from across the country. Visiting at sunrise makes for an unforgettable experience.Photo credit: Chris Bennett

At The Trust for Public Land, we believe everyone deserves to experience the best of America’s parks and public lands. That’s why we’ve committed to connecting more than 3 million people to 1,000 miles of local and national trails and greenways over the next five years. 

Paddlers enjoy a day out on Bald Mountain Pond Many thru-hikers along the A.T. have called reaching Bald Mountain Pond a highlight of their journey.Photo credit: Chris BennettIf this work matters to you, please show your support today

Special thanks to partners that made this victory possible:

Appalachian Trail Conservancy, The Betterment Fund, Conservation Alliance, Elliotsville Foundation, Maine Appalachian Trail Club, Maine Appalachian Trail Land Trust, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Mountain Collaborative, National Park Foundation, National Park Service, National Park Trust, Novatus Energy, Poland Spring® ORIGIN, Summer Hill Foundation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - North American Wetlands Conservation Act, Weyerhaeuser


Michele Condon
Love what you do and are doing!
James Talcott
Can hardly wait to see those ten wheel drive state trucks chewing up the trails in this "paradise."
Laurie Lofton DVM
AWESOME!!!!! ❤️❤️
Michael Littlefield
Nice! Very nice! Thank you!
Christine LaPorte
Thank you for this good news at a time when we need hope and inspiration the most.
Joseph Haney
I have a Camping Van Would I be able to stay on that land somewhere on the lake for free ? I’m self sustaining. And believe in Leave no trace. I’m thinking 3 days ?
Yes, it’s free to camp on this land and you do not need to register in advance. Have a great visit, Joseph!
Dominic J. LasRosa
Beautiful opportunity for those with the capabilities.
Merle F Gott
Great accomplishment, thanks for your action.
Patricia Chandler
I grew up loving that region, spending every summer at the foot of Katahdin. All good news about the trail, lakes, and the Katahdin area being cherished and protected is of interest to me. Thank you!
Robert Keough
Finally some good news.
The best news I’ve heard in a while . Thanks to all that made it happen
I hiked by this at the start of a backwards hike of the Trail when I was 14 , I remember it like yesterday,,,,,,, some of that hike made me who I am today. And I’m just fine with a small pile of dirty grandchildren that think barefoot and trails are “way better than TV” thank you all.
Tom Mikkonen
Thanks for keeping Maine great !!
Bruce Power
I have spent 40 plus years every summer in Maine, mostly Sebago Lake, and Moosehead Lake. The state of Maine has something for all. America needs more public space for Americans. Thank You Bruce
Our family were hunters, not hikers, but I just love what can be done to preserve the beauty of these far places and have them for the adventurers. Well done!
Gregory j stafford
would like to know more, sounds good to know, your part of preservation, access and the future of our lands.
Paul B Manoff
Not to take away from the over-all quality of the photography, but none of the canoeists were shown wearing life jackets. Even though state law allows for having one in the boat rather than necessarily wearing one, the fact remains that putting one on while in the water after flipping a canoe is not easily managed. Someone ought to have not allowed canoeists to be photographed without life jackets on a reputable web site.
Michael Esty
Please send me more information on Bald Mountain. As well as all I can do to protect other lands. Mike Esty
Hi Mike, you can learn more about Bald Mountain Pond here: https://www.tpl.org/our-work/bald-mountain-pond And to protect more special places like this, visit www.tpl.org/donate Thanks!
Timothy J. DiPaolo
Very awesome news! Thanks to all that made this acquisition happen.
Timothy Herbold
That's superb!!
Donna Roberts
Thank you!!!!
Brian Foley
This is good news but the story is useless without a map...
Barry Mower
Timber company never owned the pond per se, but only the land around it or what might have been flowed. The pond, water in it and land under the original pond, is owned by all the people of Maine.
Robert New Rowe
Thanks for the work you do.
Daniel Reed
Great work
Nancy Clukey
Thank you for making it possible for everyone to enjoy this beautiful land for now and generations to come Great job well done!!!!
Craig Richardson
I believe you left one Important group out, and that would be The sportsmens Alliance Of of Maine, The executive director David Trahan has been on top of this from the beginning and pushed forward as well for the state and all of the Sportsmens and women. Give some credit to these folks!!
We value all the partners and community members who helped make this work possible!
Phil Watkins
Wonderful ! ........(Smile).

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