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Sawyer Mountain Highlands

A view from the road - photo credit Sherwood Libby
A view from the road on Sawyer Mountain

      The Trust owns approximately 1400 acres on Sawyer Mountain. The land is open for public use for hiking, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling on existing trails, and cross-country skiing.   The Sawyer Mountain Highlands are located in the largest unfragmented block of undeveloped forested areas in York and Cumberland counties.   This is especially significant since the Highlands are only 22 miles from Portland, the largest urban area in Maine.

      One access is via the discontinued Sawyer Mountain Road, which is a trail that starts from Route 117 in Limington.   The Trust has provided a small (daytime use) parking area; hiking maps are available in a map box there.   The trailhead 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 Emerys Corner.   The Trust has a small (daytime use) parking area on the right side of the road.   Hikers can either access the mountain via the Sawyer Mountain Road or use the beautiful new Smith trail through the woods which starts at the back of the parking area.   The trail joins the road futher up the mountain.

      Please note that, except for handicapped access, wheeled vehicles are not permitted on Trust properties except in the parking areas.   Also, please leave intact any historical artifacts that may be found in the old foundations and cemeteries located on Trust lands.   Please carry out what you carry in so that the next visitor may also enjoy the Highlands.   Please do not cut any vegetation.

Hiking Maps

      The Sawyer Mountain Highlands hiking map and trail descriptions are available online.   However, the map is large (904 Kb PDF) and will take a long time to download using a dial up line.   To download the map, click here.   To download the trail descriptions (small file), click here.   To save the files to your hard disk, right-click on the link and then choose "Save Link As" or "Save Target As."   You may find (especially if you have dial-up access) that it is best to save a file and then view or print it later.   Adobe Acrobat (a free program) or another compatible reader is required to view PDF files.

      If you would like a hard copy of the map sent to you by mail, please contact the Trust.

      To open a new window with a MapQuest location map, click for Sawyer Mountain Summit or the trailhead on Route 117 in Limington or the Sawyer Mountain Road in Limerick (approach from Emerys Corner).   Then click on "Zoom Out" to cover a larger area.

  Trail descriptions and maps are also available on the Maine Trail Finder website.

 

Signs and Trail Markers

      Major trail junctions are marked with wooden signs.   The main trails are also marked by small wooden signs with a carved yellow turtle.

Trail sign at the junction of the Smith Trail and the Sawyer Mountain Road
Trail sign
 
Typical Trail marker
Trail marker
 
Acquisition History

      The Trust has purchased 17 different parcels to create the Sawyer Mountain Highlands.   These acquisitions have been made possible by generous donations from individuals and foundations.   Major Trust supporters include the Land for Maine's Future Program, Sweet Water Trust, Davis Conservation Fund, Norcross Conservation Fund, Maine Community Foundation, Fields Pond Foundation, the Aristotle Fund, the Betterment Fund, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Gerrish Island Fund, the Rolde family, Ms. Mary Merrill, Richard Spencer, and many others.   The map below shows the years that parcels have been added.   Please contact the Trust if you own land that you would like to see added to the protected areas.

Acquisition History

1996Purchased three parcels in Limington and Limerick plus the top of Sawyer Mountain. *  
1997Purchased outright three more parcels in Limerick totaling 134 acres. *
1998Purchased outright an additional 40 acres in Limerick containing a woodland waterfall and gorge. *
1998Acquired the 287-acre Webster parcels in Limington fronting on Route 117.   This land protects important wildlife habitat as well as the scenic beauty of the road.   We have mortgage obligations on these parcels.
1999Purchased a 45-acre parcel along the (private) Hale road and adjacent to our original acquisitions. *
2001Purchased the 82-acre Everett Libby parcel. *
2003Purchased 332 acres in three parcels with help from the Land for Maine's Future Program.   This acquisition connected all of the existing Sawyer Mountain Highlands into a single contiguous area. *
2005Purchased 42 acres on the Sawyer Mountain Road in Limerick.   This is also the location of the new parking area.   The seller agreed to sell this property at below market value in order to help the Trust.   Both the purchase and the parking area were made possible by the Land for Maine's Future program. *
2005Purchased 291 acres in Limington.   The Shaving Hill Road runs through this parcel and hikers may park along the road.   The seller agreed to sell this property at below market value in order to help the Trust.   The Land for Maine's Future Program also made this purchase possible. *
2008Purchased 15 acres in Limington. *
2011Purchased 30 acres in Limerick.   This parcel has a nice height of land with ledges and mature forest (elevation 1086 feet).   The purchase of this property was made possible by a grant from the Sweet Water Trust. *

  * These parcels have the additional protection of a forever-wild conversavation easement held by the Green Mountain Conservation Group.
 


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