Raymond Community Forest is a 356 acre permanently conserved preserve in Raymond, ME. With 4 miles of multi-use trails, RCF offers exceptional views of and from Pismire Mountain. Uses in the lower forest include walking, hiking, cross country skiing/snowshoeing and mountain biking. The forest also offers continuation of traditional uses such as hunting. The property has had a long tradition of sustainable forest management which will continue under Loon Echo’s ownership.
Click here to download a map of the Raymond Community Forest and trails.
- Pismire Bluff Trail: Approximately 1 mile. Pedestrian only.
- Highlands Loop: 0.7 miles. Pedestrian only.
- Spiller Homestead Loop: 1.1 miles, easy and flat. Mountain Biking, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Skiing
- Grape Expectations: 1.1 miles, flat. Mountain Biking, Hiking, Snowshoeing, Skiing
- Hiking and Nature Observation
- Snowshoeing and Backcountry Skiing
- Mountain Biking (on designated trails only)
- Trapping (by permission only)
- Carry in, carry out
- Daytime use only
- Stay on marked trails
- Keep dogs on a leash at all times
- Motorized vehicles are prohibited
- Target shooting is prohibited
- Wear blaze orange during hunting season
2007 – Raymond Open Space Plan identified Pismire Mountain as a special place
2012 – Conservation of the property was first proposed by the Raymond Conservation Commission and Loon Echo Land Trust
2014 – Results from the 2014 town-wide Raymond Community Survey indicated strong support for preserving open space, natural resources and lakes over the next 10 years.
2014 – A campaign was launched to raise the funds necessary to purchase and protect the property.
2016 – The property was conserved by Loon Echo Land Trust.
2017 -2018 – Pismire Bluff trail, Highlands Loop, and Spiller Homestead Loop trails were constructed by LELT and a dedicated group of volunteers
2019 – Grape Expectations, a 1 mile loop trail suitable for mountain biking and walking was completed by a dedicated group of volunteers & LELT staff
Over 200 local individuals and families donated to protect this land. Hancock Land Company gifted approximately $109,000 in land value. The residents of Raymond voted to contribute $56,800. Grants were awarded by the Land for Maine’s Future Program (LMF), Portland Water District, Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, Davis Conservation Foundation, Camp Agawam, The Open Space Institute and an anonymous foundation.
Project Partners: Raymond Waterways Association; Raymond Pond Association; Myron Hall Road Association; Crescent Woods Road Association; Forest Society of Maine; and others.
Raymond Community Forest Campaign Steering Committee Members:
John Rand, Chair; Ray Bersch; Sheila Bourque; Connie Cross; Dave Dowler; Carol Friend; Russ Hutchinson; Brien Richards; Marlee Turner; Brian Walker; Carrie Walia, Loon Echo Land Trust Senior Advisor.