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Gilsland Farm Audubon Center
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Falmouth / Greater Portland

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Holden / Greater Bangor

 

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Scarborough

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Bremen

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Elliotsville

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Freeport

 

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Portland

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West Bath

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Georgetown

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South Bristol

 

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Bar Harbor

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Bangor

 

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Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary

Encompassing 1,600 acres in Western Maine and bordered on one side by the Appalachian Trail, Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary offers a spectacular array of natural features, including old-growth forest, crystalline ponds, exposed mountain rocks and sweeping views.

A trailside nature center located on the shore of Sunrise Pond includes interactive displays and information about the area’s natural and human history. Accessible only by boat or on foot, Adirondack-style lodges on Sunset Pond accommodate retreats for adults and summer camp sessions for children.

Borestone’s three-mile trail to a rock summit and spectacular 360-degree views is especially popular during the fall foliage season. An annual Hikeathon raises funds to help care for the sanctuary.

 

Habitat

Borestone's last timber harvest was in 1899, making it attractive habitat for certain wildlife. Some of Maine's most coveted warblers spend their summer here—Blackburnian, Cape May and bay-breasted nest in the coniferous canopy. Goshawks wing through the mature deciduous woods to prey on grouse. Pine martins are regularly seen by sanctuary staff.

Tree cavities provide nesting sites for raccoons, owls, woodpeckers and other species—sometimes in succession—while eagles, falcons and turkey vultures also can be seen soaring overhead.

A variety of mosses and lichens grow in wet areas and on rocks throughout the sanctuary. Wildflowers proliferate beside the trail in warmer months, and mushrooms in the early fall.

Bullfrogs, leopard frogs and red-spotted newts are common amphibians along the edges of Borestone’s three ponds, which are also home to beavers as well as dragonflies and other insects.


Trails

Borestone Mountain’s nature trail, an especially popular hike during the fall foliage season, is a pleasant climb of approximately three miles to a rock summit and spectacular 360-degree views.

Beginning at the gate on Bodfish Road, the trail follows a 1.3-mile road to the visitor's center where it continues as a foot path about 1 mile onto the rocks of Borestone's West Peak. A blazed trail continues .5 miles to East Peak, elevation 2,000 feet.

Hiking fees help Maine Audubon maintain the trails at Borestone.

  •   Maine Audubon members as well as children under six hike free
  •   $4/nonmember adults
  •   $2/nonmember students, seniors, and each participant from school and other groups

 

History

In the early 1900s Robert T. Moore managed a fox ranch on what is now Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary. Aided by the Canadian Pacific railway station on the edge of his holdings, he sold his award-winning silver-black pelts to auctions in New York. In 1909 Moore hired noted Bangor architect Wilfred E. Mansur to design the Adirondack-style lodges on Sunset Pond. Visitors to the lodges can still savor the quiet of an evening spent by oil lamp in front of the expansive stone hearth.

Moore bequeathed Borestone to the National Audubon Society in 1958 and gifts by his son and daughter and other donors enlarged the sanctuary to its present 1,639 acres. In 2000 the sanctuary was transferred to Maine Audubon as part of its affiliation with national Audubon.

Thanks to community involvement Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary today hosts more than 4,000 hikers annually and offers nature camps and retreats.

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Elliotsville Plantation

(207) 631-4050
June-September

(207) 781-2330
October-May

 

Hours

Dawn-dusk Memorial Day through the end of October.
Sanctuary gate opens at 8 a.m. Visitors must be off the trail when the gate closes at dusk.

 

Directions

From Greenville:
Go south on Route 15 and turn left on Elliotsville Road just after the “Welcome to Monson” sign on the right. After 8 miles turn left after the bridge onto Bodfish Road. The parking area is .1 miles on the left after the railroad tracks. The trailhead is on the right.

 

Stewardship

Our sanctuaries and centers are a tribute to the generosity, commitment and active involvement of private individuals, foundations and corporations.

You, too, can become a steward - from clearing trails and leading nature walks, to donating land and funding - and by doing your part to help protect wildlife and wildlife habitat.

To ensure an enjoyable visit for all as well as to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat:

Please,

  • stay on trails
  • carry out all litter

Please, NO:

  • pets
  • hunting, trapping, collecting
  • fires
  • camping
  • alcoholic beverages
  • off-road vehicles

Thank you!

 

Make a Date With Nature!

 

Save the Date

 

Naturalists' Forum: Canada Lynx at a Crossroads

Monday, December 17

Gilsland Farm Audubon Center

Falmouth, Maine

 

Family Walks in Nature
Saturday, January 12
Fields Pond Sanctuary
Holden, Maine

 

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