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Silvery Spleenwort (Athyrium thelypteroides)
Plantain-leaved Sedge (Carex plantaginea)
Four hermit thrush babies await food in their nest. Photo by: Don Cameron
This map box marks the start of the trail along the discontinued Sawyer Mountain Road. The box is located on Route 117 in Limington, 2.5 miles south of Route 25 or 2.4 miles north of Route 11. Free hiking maps are available in the box.
The historic stone culvert on the Sawyer Mtn Road has served for over one hundred years.
Christmas Fern (Polystichum acrostichoides) is also quite common in the Highlands.
Sign marking start of preserve 250 feet from the road.
This photo shows an ironwood, red oak, and ash woodland community on Sawyer Mountain. Such communities are considered rare in Maine, and most known examples occur in northern York and southern Oxford Counties.
This young porcupine hints that you should keep your pets under control.
The trail starts as an old road…
1.) A coring tool is inserted into the tree, directed to the center.
In the picture above, the view of Sebago Lake from the summit of Sawyer Mountain appears much the same today as it would have to Francis Small and Chief Wesumbe (Captain Sandy) 300 years ago.
Sign to the waterfall
Poverty Grass (Corema conradii)
A woods road on the Poulin Preserve
Pease Brook as viewed from the Jagolinzer Preserve
3.) The rings are counted to determine the age of the tree.
Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
Frogs and toads abound.
2.) The extracted core is held up for examination.
Moths and butterflies.
Janice Campbell admires the view from Bald Ledge
Along the way you might find a Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisama stewardsonii).
The moon shines above the Heath
Lady Fern (Athyrium felix-femina)
Don Cameron of the Maine Natural Areas Program leans against an old-growth red oak.
Wild blueberries on Sawyer Mountain
MNAP Intern Sarah Winslow stands next to an old-growth hemlock tree.
The trail rapidly turns to a rocky path.