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General Information

Description - Bigelow Preserve encompasses 35,000 acres including the entire Bigelow Mountain Range and nearly 20 miles of the southern shore of Flagstaff Lake. It was established by popular referendum in 1976 for those wishing to expand Maine's recreation opportunities on public land.

Attractions - Bigelow Preserve encompasses 35,000 acres including the entire Bigelow Mountain Range and nearly 20 miles of the southern shore of Flagstaff Lake. It was established by popular referendum in 1976.

Recreation - Visitors enjoy hiking along the Appalachian Trail and other trails as well as fishing in Horns Pond and Jones Pond. There are several shelters and tent sites within the Preserve. Swimming is available on Flagstaff Lake. Winter visitors enjoy snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. Elevations in the Preserve range from 1,150 feet to 4,145 feet at West Peak. Hunting and trapping are allowed, subject to state rules and regulations. Call 207-287-3821 for specific policies and laws regarding these activities.

Climate - Winter outdoor enthusiasts to the Kennebec and Moose River Valleys Region will find daytime temperatures in the northern area averaging 10 - 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 to -10 Celsius). In the southern area they will find winter temperatures averaging 14 - 18 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -8 Celsius). Summer brings cool, bright days with temperatures in the northern area averaging between 65 - 66 degrees Fahrenheit (18 - 19 Celsius) and in the southern area, averaging between 66 - 68 (19 - 20 Celsius). The region receives an average of 38 - 44 inches (97 - 112 centimeters) of precipitation each year.

Location - Access to the preserve is gained over gravel roads off Route 27 in Carrabassett, and by the Long Falls Dam Road from North New Portland.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round.


Current Conditions & Trip Reports

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Filed By: Charlie Poissonnier (Anson, ME)
Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The toughest part was Avery Peak and the views were just spectacular.I went south from Little Bigelow and on to the road by sugar loaf 18 miles 3day and a whole lot of fun

Filed By: Kenneth (Annapolis, MD)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I went Spring Break of 2002 by myself and say no one the entire time I was there. There was fresh powder to snow shoe through(very difficult on that trail) but it made it truly spectacular.


More Information

Contact Information:
Western Region Headquarters, 129 Main Street, P.O. Box 327 , Farmington, ME, 04938, Phone: 207-778-8231, Fax: 207-778-5932

Additional Information:
Appalachian Trail - Maine - The Appalachian Trail is a footpath of more than 2,150 miles with 276 miles lying in Maine. The renowned Hundred Mile Wilderness falls within Maine.
Kennebec and Moose River Valleys Region - Known for its peaceful lakes, churning rivers and wonderful moose sightings, Kennebec and Moose River Valley is located inland above the busy metropolitan area of Freeport. Winter and summer sports abound on the region's lakes and land.
Maine State Parks & Public Reserved Lands - Maine's State Parks and Public Reserved Lands are managed for recreation, wildlife and timber. State Historic Sites preserve the rich heritage of the American Revolution and Civil War.

Links:
Maine State Parks - Official Agency Website

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