DRESDEN — The Lincoln County Historical Association invites the public to enjoy the recently expanded hiking opportunities on the Pownalborough Court House grounds on a 90-acre tract of woodlands.
A perfect opportunity for hiking is during the town of Dresden’s summerfest set for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, July 22, at the courthouse. Admission is free and in addition to hiking opportunities, there will be food vendors, entertainment for children and live music on the courthouse grounds.
A Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands grant provided materials and Maine Conservation Corps labor for trail work and the construction of sturdy bridges. In addition, local volunteers and association members put in countless hours of trail work.
The fourth and most recently completed trail traverses the southwestern quadrant of the property. Blazed in green, and known as The Court House -Kennebec Trail, it begins at the northwest corner of the Pownalborough Court House and follows the riverbank though stands of old white pine and hemlock. It then angles up the slope and crosses the original pre-revolutionary dirt road and leads to the Goodwin Family Cemetery. The trail continues past the cemetery and then crosses Route 128 where it enters the woodland trail system. It then follows an intermittent stream as it rises eastwards where it ends at the Hardwood Slope Trail.
The Pownalborough Court House and its property is maintained by the Lincoln County Historical Association, one of three historic sites the association owns and manages. The association is in the process of providing two hiking trail kiosks, one at the Pownalborough Court House and the second at the trail head on the opposite side of Route 128.
Information about the Pownalborough Court House hiking trail system is at www.mainetrailfinder.com and www.lincolncountyhistory.org.