Bradbury Mountain State Park is a wonderful place to spend a day or afternoon exploring trails, taking in the magnificent view from the summit, or enjoying a picnic under a canopy of trees.
Situated on Route 9 about halfway between Portland and Lewiston-Auburn, the park attracts visitors who enjoy picnicking, hiking and camping on its 800 acres of forested land. Bradbury Mountain is the only state park in southern Maine to offer shared-use trails for horseback riders, mountain bikers and snowmobilers. Snow shoe rentals are available.
Sculpted by a glacier, Bradbury Mountain is the park’s most outstanding natural feature. Read about the geologic features of Bradbury Mountain written by the Maine Geologic Survey. Learn about the geology of the area on the interactive
Before the first Europeans arrived, Wabanakis camped on the mountain on trips to the coast. In the early 1800’s, the Cotton family raised grapes on terraces still visible on the mountain. To hold stray cattle, sheep, and pigs, the early settlers built the cattle pound that still stands on Rt. 9 near the Northern Loop Trail. Near the ball field visitors can still see where feldspar was mined in the 1920’s to make crockery and china.
Acquired from the Federal Government in 1939, Bradbury Mountain became one of the five original state parks. In the 1940’s, it offered downhill skiing with a rope tow. In the 1990’s, the park added 250 acres, thanks to the generosity of the Spiegel family, funding from the Lands for Maine’s Future Fund, and the efforts of many people. These groups continue to work on expanding the park to eventually link to the Pineland Public Land parcel in New Gloucester.
Bradbury Mountain State Park Maine
528 Hallowell Rd, Pownal, ME 04069, United States
Open all year; 9:00 a.m. to sunset daily unless otherwise posted at the gate. Visitors may continue to enjoy the park during the off season by parking outside the gate, – without blocking it – on the days it is closed, and walking in during these same hours. Please be aware that facilities are closed during the off season.
Suggested Equipment for Bradbury Mountain State Park:
The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.
Natural Heritage Hikes are narratives that guide hikers through the rich ecological, geological, and cultural elements encountered on 25 of Maine’s most popular hiking trails. These descriptions provide the hiker with the what, how, and why of the natural environments they are walking through Natural Heritage Hike for Bradbury Mt. State Park – Summit Trail, Northern Loop Trail, Bluff Trail, Ski Tail OR View the complete Natural Heritage Hikes listing.
West of Route 9
Summit Trail is the quickest route to the scenic views at the top of Bradbury Mountain. This summit is the location of the annual Hawk Watch which was initiated by Jeannette and Derek Lovitch in 2007. Annual Summaries are posted at Hawk Count.
East of Route 9
The trails east of Route 9 are favorites of area mountain bikers.
Mountain biking is allowed on designed off-road trails. There are a number of trails varying in length and difficulty. Please see maps for more detail.
The camp ground contains 35 sites.
There are a number of trails varying in length and difficulty. Please see maps for more detail on which paths are allowed for equestrian use.
Hunting is permitted in the park. Please contact the visitor center for more information regarding permits and hunting restrictions.
Picnickers, especially those on group outings, enjoy the tables, grills, and shelter with a nearby playground and ball field.
During the winter months visitors enjoy cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
Leave No Trace
Maine State Parks are proud community partners of LEAVE NO TRACE CENTER FOR OUTDOOR ETHICS. Everyone is advised to comply with the following:
PLAN AHEAD AND PREPARE
TRAVEL AND CAMP ON DURABLE SURFACES
DISPOSE OF WASTE PROPERLY
LEAVE WHAT YOU FIND
MINIMIZE CAMPFIRE IMPACTS
BE CONSIDERATE OF OTHER VISITOR
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