The Bald Ledge overlook in Porter, Maine commands an inspirational view of Colcord and Bickford Ponds and the surrounding hills, so it is no surprise that the trail from the north end of Colcord Pond to the promontory above is a favorite of local hikers.
Gould Island, in the middle of the Saco River between Baldwin and Limington, was donated to the Francis Small Heritage Trust by Jo Peirce. The island is undeveloped. The only access is by boat (river conditions permitting) or by wading the river when the flow is low. It is just downstream from the spot where the high voltage lines cross the river.
The Ingalls Pond Conservation Area is a complex of interconnected shallow ponds, marshes and swamp lands with “islands” of forested land and many man-made features that have “reconstructed” the ponds during centuries of use. Bisected by the Pequawket Trail (Route 113) in Baldwin, Maine, it is one of the primary highlights of this Scenic Byway.
The Trust is very grateful to Tom and Edie Sisson for the generous donation of a public access easement on 188 acres of land in Limerick and Cornish near Route 5. The Heath (pronounced “Haith”) contains a beautiful wetland and at least seven rare plant species.
A sign one-half mile west of the junction of Route 25 and 117 marks the start of the right-of-way to the nature area. The sign is located at the junction of Route 25 and Olive’s Way.
To enter the preserve, walk 250 feet down the right-of-way on Olive’s Way, and then at the second sign angle to the left and walk an additional 500 feet.
The Trust is very grateful to Muriel Poulin of Springvale for her generous donation of 19 acres of land in Limerick, between Clark’s Bridge Road and the Little Ossipee River.
Sawyer Mountain Highlands:
The trail-head is located at a sharp turn in Route 117, 2.5 miles south of the junction of Routes 25 and 117, or 2.4 miles north of the junction of Routes 11 and 117.
The mountain is also accessible from the Limerick side, starting at the Sawyer Mountain Road, 1.1 miles north of Emery’s Corner.
The Francis Small Heritage Trust also holds several conservation easements on private property, including: The Piper-Pomeroy Farm, The Charles E. Cole Farm, The Chadbourne-Hanscom Farm and The Chadbourne-Hutchinson Overlook.
If you are interested in donating an easement to protect your own property for future generations, please contact the Trust.