Hikers on Little Mayberry Cove Trail

Hiking

With public access to hundreds of thousands of acres around Grand Lake Stream, Maine, there is almost no limit to the opportunities to explore on foot. Conservation projects have guaranteed these opportunities and established new hiking trail destinations around Grand Lake Stream. The trails described below are for foot access only – snowmobile and ATV opportunities are also available.  Click here for a Full Downloadble Trail Brochure.

Little Mayberry Cove Trail
Pocumcus Lake Trail
 
 

Not to be missed is the short path to Little Falls on Grand Lake Stream. This public property is managed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, and easily found a short distance south on Water Street from the village. From the parking area, it’s a short easy walk to the edge of Grand Lake Stream, and a hundred yards downstream on a path to the falls itself. This property was protected for public access after a subdivision was proposed in the early 1990s.

For the most convenient hiking opportunity from the village, the Little Mayberry Cove Trail runs approximately two and a half miles along the western shoreline of West Grand Lake. The trail begins at the dam at the head of the Stream. Walk a short distance along the gravel camp road and follow the trail over moderately rolling terrain through mossy stands of hemlocks and pines, with occasional viewpoints along the shore, ending at a quiet cove. Hikers can return on the same trail, or loop back via interior logging roads.

 

The Pocumcus Lake Trail provides options for short or moderate loop hikes to the quiet, undeveloped shoreline of Pocumcus Lake. The shorter loop is a hike of 1.3 miles round trip, while those who hike the entire trail will cover 3.6 miles. The trail traverses a wide range of forest habitats including early-successional hardwoods, beech, and older hemlock and white pine. Hikers can expect to hear a variety of songbirds and may hear loons as they approach the lake. The trailhead is located on the north side of the Fourth Lake Road about 7.5 miles west of Grand Lake Stream.

 

 

Wabassus Mountain TrailIf you’re looking to have a short climb, try the Wabassus Mountain Trail, constructed in 2010. It’s a one mile climb to the summit, where the trail forms a short loop before returning by the same route. The trail follows a small cascading spring-fed brook, and passes through older mixed and hardwood forests. On the summit you’ll find a hardwood forest with white ash and hop hornbeam trees, and when the leaves are down, great views of the surrounding lakes (glimpses through the trees in the summer). The trailhead is on the Wabassus Mountain Road, with access from the north via the Fourth Lake Road, or the south via the Little River Road and 60-00-0 Road.

 

 

 

DLLT’s shortest “trail” is the ¼ mile Dawn Marie Beach Path. The short pleasant path leads you from a raspberry patch by the side of the road to the beautiful undeveloped beach on Wabassus Lake. You’re likely to see and hear loons and eagles, and may find moose tracks on the beach. It’s a great spot for a family picnic, or to cool off if you worked up a sweat on the way up Wabassus Mountain. Even here, a Dawn Marie Beach Pathcompletely undeveloped sand beach is a rare commodity – this is a spot available to you because of the supporters of DLLT that would surely have become a private property without public access. Take the Fourth Lake Road west from Grand Lake Stream for 3.6 miles, and turn left on the Wabassus Mountain Road. Pass a side road on your right, and then look for the trailhead sign on your right.

 

 

Another enjoyable hike, located near the center of Grand Lake Stream, is the Tower Hill Trail.  The Grand Lake Stream fire tower, located atop Indian Hill, was built in 1934, and is the oldest enclosed wooden fire tower in Maine.  Formerly used to monitor wildfires, the tower is an important part of the history of the village, but the views have mostly grown in. DO NOT attempt to climb the tower, due to structural and safety issues.  From the tower, the trail heads east, descending down the backside of Tower Hill through mixed woodlands. Follow the blue, circular metal trail tags. The single-track trail passes over short sets of bog bridging, through a forested cedar wetland – a great place to find many different species of fungi! Continuing up along a hardwood ridge, keep an eye out for wildlife. Deer, bobcat, snowshoe hare, squirrels, and many types of birds are commonly seen. Descend the steep switchbacks and drop down to Bonney Brook Road. The trail ends here – double back to the trailhead or spend some time exploring the shoreline of Bonney Brook Lake (located across the road from the end of the trail).  Parking is located at the West Grand Lake Dam parking lot. To view a detailed PDF, please click the Tower Hill Display Map. To view the Tower Hill Trail on Maine Trail Finder, please click here.