Monday, March 31, 2008

Great spot for Bikers, Birders, Skiers, Hikers, & snowmobilers

Bradbury Mountain State Park is a jewel in Pownal located 15 minutes by car from Beans in Freeport. At the summit of this "little" mountain you can see Eagle Island in Casco Bay where Admiral Perry, the Antarctic explorer, spent his summers. There are numerous trails for hikers and mountain bikers alike. In fact, local mountain bike associations are good stewards of the park by helping to maintain trails. I enjoy heading up the quick way to the summit which is .2 miles from the parking lot. It is a great way to unwind while looking at the bucolic farmland below and seeing a slice of Casco Bay and Eagle Island in the distance. I learned from using google that Bradbury Mountain is the only state park in southern Maine to offer shared-use trails for horseback riders, mountain bikers and snowmobilers. The Pownal Land trust should be thanked for their efforts to add conserved lands that abutt Bradbury and connect to Pineland Center. Maine birding News informed me that there were 38 Bald Eagles sighted during the 2007 season. Other significant bird counts include the following: 288 Osprey; 70 Turkey Vultures; and 805 broad-winged hawks. You will want to meet my Pownal neighbors, Derek and Jeanette Lovitch who own Wild Bird Center in Yarmouth for their sponsorship of the Bradbury Mountain Hawk Watch program For more information contact Derek or Jeanette at 846-8002 or

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