Using the Wildlands

Information and Guidelines

Uses of the Wildlands include hiking, jogging, bicycling, horseback riding, geocaching, letterboxing, fishing, hunting, photography, nature study, paddling, picnicking, berry-picking, x-c skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Need a map? Visit our Access & Maps page.

Birding:

The Wildlands is home to more than 150 bird species. Go here for bird list and other information

Camping:

By permission only in two designated campsites, for a small fee.  Wildlands Camping Policy/Registration Form

Hiking:

Two hiking-orientated maps are available as downloads or from the office Access and Maps

Dogs:

Allowed on leash only; please protect the wildlife! Thanks for removing feces from trails, roads and parking lot. Please note: Dogs are not allowed in the Wildlife Protection Zone, a roughly 1000-acre area where the management priority is protecting wildlife habitat. It includes Hothole Brook, Hothole Pond, Coywolf, Bump Hill, and Birding Trails.

Geocaching:

Have a GPS unit and want to try geocaching? Go to http://www.geocaching.com for Wildlands caches.  If you want to place a cache, please contact us first about it.

Letterboxing:

Letterboxing Page

Biking: 

Please stay on multi-use trails and avoid foot-travel-only trails, or our 2 mountain bike specific trails:

  • Popple Grove: .3-mile beginner loop, in .25-miles from the South Gate
  • Capstone Trail: 1.4 miles of some of the best trail in the area! Riders will find lots of flavor with berms, rock drops, fast descents and old school feel. Expanding in 2020.

Horseback riding:

Please stay on multi-use trails and avoid foot-travel-only trails, and remove droppings from parking lots. Horse trailer parking available at South Gate and along Valley Road when South Gate is open, or at Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery for Dead River Gate. Riding groups, please call 469-6929 or e-mail [email protected] to notify us of a large group ride.

Hunting, Trapping & Fishing:

For information and to register to hunt or trap, download form and policy. Email completed form or stop by the office for staff signature [email protected]

Snowmobiling:

Snowmobiles are welcome on designated trails. Snowmobile map

Groups: 

If your group wants to have the gates opened or to use the property in a way other than what’s listed above, consult our Wildlands Special Use Policy and contact us.

Off-road vehicles:

No ATVs, drones, dirt bikes or other off-road vehicles (other than snowmobiles) are allowed. Thank you for complying and helping us protect the many sensitive wildlife habitats of this public asset.

Foraging and berry-picking:

Raspberries and blueberries are plentiful in July and early August; blackberries ripen in august. Please do not remove wildflowers or other plants, animals or animal remains.

Respect the Wildlands: 

Take only pictures and leave only footprints! Remove all trash. Keep the Wildlands wild!

Questions or comments? 207-469-6929 or [email protected].