Peabody-Fitch Woods (PFW) is a 252-acre forest surrounding the fields of Bridgton Historical Society’s (BHS) Narramissic Farm. LELT conserved the forest in August 2019. The woods and trails are available for public use year round.
The property was originally a part of the historic Peabody-Fitch Farm and is available to the public for walking, hiking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, nature observation, hunting, and ATV and snowmobiling on designated trails.
Quarry Trail Loop — Generally flat, although steep in sections. 2 miles out and back. Head left or right on Universal Access Trail, follow blue blazes from the top of the field.
Universal Access Trail (name TBD) — 1/2 mile, gravel surfaced with a gentle slope. Open for walking, rated for wheeled mobility devices. Benches, interpretive signage, and trail markers coming soon! Learn More
- Carry in, carry out
- Stay on marked trails
- No campfires or camping
- Keep pets under control at all times
- Do not disturb wildlife and plant life
- No motorized vehicles beyond parking areas
- Day hiking and dog walking (please keep dogs on leash)
- Wheeled mobility devices, bicycles and strollers allowed on the Universal Access Trail
- Snowshoeing and skiing
- Nature observation
- Hunting (wear blaze orange in season)
- ATV & Snowmobile on designated trails.
Click HERE to view the property on Google Maps.
Peabody-Fitch Woods, the trails, and the grounds of Narramissic Farm are open to the public year-round. Tours of the historic farm house and museum can be made by appointment with the Bridgton Historical Society.
The Peabody-Fitch Farm was established in 1797 by one of Bridgton’s first settlers, William Peabody. Peabody established a granite quarry for the home and farm buildings. The quarry remains intact on the southwestern corner of the parcel. Stone walls indicate both animal pastures and cultivated lands. At least one road crossed the property, coming from the John Peabody farm to today’s Narramissic farm and on to points west in Denmark and Bridgton. In 1938, Margaret Monroe purchased the property to use as a summer home. After her death in 1986, the home, barn, and fields were donated to the Bridgton Historical Society while the forestland was left to her daughter, Peg Normann.
In August 2019 Loon Echo Land Trust purchased the forest from Peg’s estate after a major fundraising effort. The house and barn is maintained by Bridgton Historical Society and is open for tours Tuesday-Saturday from 11-3 through August 15. The woods are available for public use year round and free of charge. Read more about the historic farm on BHS’s website: http://bridgtonhistory.org/Narramissic.
Thank you to the many individual donors that made this land protection project possible. Additional thanks to the Bridgton Historical Society, Portland Water District, Sebago Clean Waters, Stephen and Tabitha King Foundation, Davis Conservation Foundation, Morton-Kelly Charitable Trust, an anonymous family foundation, Kendal C. and Anna Ham Foundation and Fields Pond Foundation.
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75% of this forest is located within the Sebago Lake watershed with the other 25% located within the Saco River watershed. Through source filtration, this forest safeguards important water resources for the benefit of local water users and for 1/6 of Maine residents who get their water from Sebago Lake and the Saco River watersheds.
Peabody-Fitch Woods shares over 5,000′ of boundary with the Perley Mills Community Forest, a 1,400-acre forest owned by the Town of Denmark and protected with a conservation easement by LELT. PFW is also close to other LELT conserved lands including Bald Pate Mountain Preserve (see map below). Connectivity of land matters because habitats and species function best as part of a large, interconnected network. The more connected the landscape, the more species are able to adjust to changes in the environment.
Click HERE to see drone footage of farmstead and woods.