• Oxbow Nature Preserve is located on Cool Street between Western Avenue and Kennedy Memorial Drive. Messalonskee Stream surrounds the Preserve on three sides and a dam near the entrance of the Preserve, one of five, controls the river’s flow. The trail provides a short walk with good views of flora and fauna along the water’s edge.


  • French’s Mountain is located in Rome. From Belgrade Lakes Village, follow Rt. 27 north past Rome Corner (junction of Rt. 225). Continue on Rt. 27 for 1.2 miles, then turn left on Watson Pond Rd. The trail is on the left side of the road 0.7 miles from Rt. 27. The mountain trail offers a short hike with excellent views of Great and Long Ponds.     
  • Mt. Philip is located in Rome.  From Belgrade Lakes Village, follow Rt. 27 north to Rome Corner (junction of Rt. 225) and turn right onto Rt.225.  The trail is 1.1 miles east from the Rome Community Center and is on the left opposite a camp road labeled “Starbird Lane”.  The trail goes up a bank near a yellow “curve” roadway sign and is easy to follow.  The mountain rises 755 feet the the north end of Great Pond.
  • The Mountain is located in Rome.  From Belgrade Lakes Village, follow Rt. 27 north.  The first road on the right is Mountain Drive.  It leads to the trail, rising 663 feet overlooking Great Pond with a loop trail that overlooks Long Pond.
  • Blueberry Hill overlook is maintained by the Maine Department of Conservation and offers great views of Long Pond, Great Pond and Belgrade Lakes Village.  Blueberry Hill is located on Watson Pond Road, 3.5 miles from the junction of Rt. 27.

Kennebec Highlands.

  • In 1998, the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance started a program to protect the Kennebec Highlands area in Rome, Mount Vernon, Vienna and New Sharon.  The Kennebec Highlands consists of 6000 acres and contains the highest peaks in Kennebec County.  Miles of trails provide access for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, hunting and fishing.  Trailheads for the Sanders Hill Loop and the Round Top Trail are located off Watson Pond Road in Rome.  Maps of the highlands area can be purchased at the BRCA office in Belgrade Lakes Village (above the post office).  For more information, you can contact the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance at (207) 495-6039. www.kennebechighlands.org 

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