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Parker Pond Headland Preserve

The rocky granite shoreline at Parker Pond. Photo: Sarah P. Fuller

The rocky granite shoreline at Parker Pond.

Photo: Sarah P. Fuller

Location and Description:

Location: Fayette, Maine

Property Description: This preserve protects a stunning 142-acre forested peninsula with 5,000 feet of rocky undeveloped shoreline along the clear waters of Parker Pond in Kennebec County. The peninsula rises from a boulder-strewn shore to rocky ledges 250 feet above the lake level. With giant hemlocks, a stump with the bright orange hemlock reishi fungus in the forest and blueberries and huckleberries along the shore, Parker Pond Headland is a stunning and diverse place to visit.

Directions: From Route 17 in Kents Hill, take Rt. 41 north 3.6 miles to the Chimney in West Mt. Vernon. Take Sandy River Road 2.5 miles to Fellows Cove Road. Take Fellows Cove Road (private road) to the end to a KLT sign and a parking area on the right. A KLT/PPA registration box is at the trail head.

Usage and Trails

Allowable Uses: Hiking, snowshoeing, swimming, fishing, ice fishing, and hunting are all allowed. Motorized vehicles, camping, and fires are not allowed.

Headland Loop Trail: A 1.5 mile moderately steep trail begins at the end of the Fellows Cove Road at the KLT/PPA registration box. The trail passes through the peninsula’s impressive hemlock forests and along the shoreline, then climbs to ledges which provide an expansive bird’s eye view of the eastern side of Parker Pond.

Hardwood Loop Trail: A second loop trail, approximately 1 mile, features the southern part of the Headland and the 42 acre Hodgkins addition to the Headland.

Access & Parking: Canoe or kayak in via the Maine State Boat Launch on Tower Road in Vienna to the Headland Point side trail; or drive to the four car parking lot at the end of Fellows Cove Road in Fayette.  

During mud season (approximately late March – late April) please limit motorized vehicle access to Kennebec Land Trust’s Parker Pond Headland property via the Fellows Cove Road.  The Fellows Cove Road is privately owned and maintained. Maintenance costs associated with mud season are expensive. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

 The public can continue to access the Parker Pond Headland trailhead by hiking in from the Sandy River Road, or across Parker Pond when it is frozen. 

                            The hemlock forest seen from the Headland Loop trail.                              Photo: Sarah P. Fuller

                            The hemlock forest seen from the Headland Loop trail.

                             Photo: Sarah P. Fuller

History:

This preserve was established for the people of Maine in 2004 with the support of the former owners, the Diller and Karp families, members of the Kennebec Land Trust (KLT) and the (PPA) Parker Pond Association, and the people of Maine through a Land for Maine’s Future grant. In 2008, the Hodgkins Family donated another 42 acres to the Headland Preserve.

The Headland is owned by the Kennebec Land Trust and further protected by a conservation easement held by the Parker Pond Association www.parkerpond.org. The property is managed by a stewardship committee comprised of PPA and KLT volunteers. Both organizations collaborate to ensure that the Headland will be retained forever in its essentially undeveloped, open, and scenic condition.

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