Celebrating Improved Protection on the Appalachian Trail
With your help, we’ve permanently protected 2,620 acres of remote and rugged forest along a stretch of the Appalachian Trail in northern Maine.
By Trust for Public Land | Photos by Chris Bennett
Happy news for all who seek adventure: 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.
AT 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.
But thanks to the support of concerned citizens like you, this iconic stretch of the AT is now permanently protected for future generations of hikers, campers, and paddlers to explore.
Cold, clear Bald Mountain Pond in Maine welcomes paddlers and anglers from across the country. Visiting at sunrise makes for an unforgettable experience.
We believe everyone should be able 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.
Many thru-hikers along the AT have called reaching Bald Mountain Pond a highlight of their journey.
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