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Hiking Trails in and around the Jackman and Forks area

Jackman is surrounded by the most majestic mountains, most of which have a designated trails to hike and climb. The trails take you through incredible forests, over varying terrain and up to amazing scenic vistas. There are many trails that offer moderate to strenuous workouts and are each clearly marked. For specific directions, please ask your host or contact the JMRRCofC. Pack a picnic lunch to enjoy while you soak in the views at the summit. Don't forget to take a camera! And remember to take along the appropriate gear for navigation and weather changes and of course, plenty of water.

Hiking Trails in the Jackman and Forks area

(Trail information by Christopher Keene "North Woods Walks")

Slide Down Falls

2.1 miles round trip

Slide Down Falls is a beautiful series of waterfalls in the Jackman Moose River Region. The Falls are on the west branch of Sandy Steam. The hike is relatively short, but the second half is steep, .35 miles to the falls. The hike to the falls is 1.05 miles, .7 are on the Dumas Road. This hike is a local favorite and when you reach this little piece of Heaven you will completely understand why!

Travel North on Route 201 for approximately 8 miles from the Moose River Bridge. On the left side of the road in the South Dumas Road. Follow the road until you reach the yellow gate, approximately 1 mile. There is a small parking area where you will be able to park and start your hike. Walk around the gate and follow the Dumas Road, the road splits into 3, take the middle route, the Dumas Road. Follow the Dumas road for .7 miles until you reach the trailhead on the left.

Owls Head Mountain

.7 miles round trip
Short but steep

If you are looking for a short hike, look no further than Owls Head Mountain. The hike is located at the Attean Overlook Rest Area, just south of Jackman. The trail head is on the left, if you are looking at the trees and not the beautiful view of Attean. The hike is .7 miles round trip and relatively steep, but the view is spectacular!

The trailhead for the hike is located at the Scenic Overlook Rest Area South of Jackman. The rest area is about 4.25 miles south on Route 201 from the intersection in Jackman with Route 15/6. The trail can be located at the left side, facing the mountain next to a covered picnic table. There is a sign letting hikers know that the trail is maintained by the local Boy Scouts.

Burnt Jacket Mountain

1.5 miles
Moderate challenge

This mountain is visible from US 201 when approaching Jackman, a clumsily shaped ridge is located just six miles south east of the Canadian Border. The hiking trail leads to open summits from which there are dramatic views of the Moose River Valley

From the bridge over Moose River, continue on Route 201 for one mile. Turn left onto Sandy Stream Road and go .3 miles to a fork. Bear left on Gander Brook Road and continue 4.3 miles to a gated bridge over Wood Stream. Park on the right. Walk across the bridge and through the gate. In 200 feet, you’ll see a grassy track to your right, headed up a hill. Follow this almost to the crest of the hill, and you’ll see the tagged footpath to your left.

Sally Mountain

4.8 miles
Moderate challenge

Captain Samuel Holden, the first to call this remote region home in 1820, looked out over the quiet waters of Wood Pond at an unnamed mountain. One day, he took his young daughter's hand, looked into her eyes and said, "That's your mountain now. That's Sally Mountain" Blueberries flourish up here during late July to early September so you'd better pack an appetite.

Reaching the base of Sally Mountain involves canoeing or kayaking across Attean Pond to the trail that is located on Sally Beach. You will cross an active set of train tracks to reach the trailhead, please use caution. Having the map downloaded ahead of time is helpful for locating the spur trail that climbs up the mountain. There is a tree with a blue marker on it designating the beginning of this trail.

Boundary Bald Mountain

2.6 miles
Strenuous challenge

The hiking trail was built in 1911 and used to reach the wooden fire tower. Now a radio repeater station sits in its place on the open summit. (3,640feet)

From the bridge in Jackman over the Moose River, go just about 8 miles to Bald Mountain Road. After you turn onto Bald Mountain Road, pass through the gate and drive roughly 4.5 miles on a gravel road. When the road splits around mile 4, go left for another quarter mile on Notch Road. When you get to the next junction, turn left to park in the grassy cleared area on the left. There will be a gated road to your left, and Trail Road, to the trailhead, continues straight, up the hill.

Coburn Mountain

3,718 feet
Strenuous challenge

Tallest of all mountains between the Bigilow range to the South and the peaks of Baxter State Park; It is nicknamed Enchanted Mountain. Your vehicle needs to have good clearance to get to the trail. The 24 foot steel fire tower on Coburn was built in 1914 but was crushed in 1938 by ice. Abandoned until 1966, rebuilt, and in 1968, high winds blew off the cap. In 1999 it was repaired and the platform is now sturdy enough to stand on while you take in the views.

The trailhead is off Enchanted Mountain Road, which extends west from Route 201. From the intersection of Route 201 and 15 in Jackman, the intersection of Route 201 and Enchanted Mountain Road is 14.3 miles south. Once you’re on Enchanted Mountain Road, go 2.1 miles on a passable but rough gravel road (stay right when the road splits early on). You’ll come to the old ski mountain base, where you can park. When you arrive at the mountain base, (park in this large clearing), walk .2 miles on the road headed off to your right, if you’re facing the mountain, and when the road makes a sharp turn to the right, you’ll see a rocky snowmobile trail headed steeply up straight in front of you. There is no trail sign.

Cold Stream Falls

A short drive from the Coburn trailhead. It is not the largest, nor the most majestic, but it is the most remote. A cool dip in the pool after the hike may be what you need.

From the junction of Route 201 and Route 15 in Jackman, drive south 17.5 miles to the gravel Capital Road on your left. Drive approximately 1 mile down the road (when it splits early on, take the road on the right. Right after you cross a small bridge, you’ll see a narrow road on your left. You can park and walk from here. You will walk an extra 1.2 miles to the trailhead this way. A good vehicle can make it all the way down the track, staying right when it makes a sharp turn and continuing along the road until it comes upon a cleared area for parking and a hiking sign on the left.

Moxie Falls

Very Easy
One of the highest set of falls in New England: the main drop is over 80 feet, which plummets into a deep slate gorge.

Travel south of Route 201 in Jackman to the Forks, approximately 27 miles south. From Route 201 in The Forks, turn onto Lake Moxie Road, directly after crossing the bridge to the left. Drive 1.8 miles, and the trailhead and large parking area will be on your left.


Number Five3 miles Holeb areaModerateBest views
Williams2 miles 13.5m west of RockwoodEasy/ModerateFew views
Green1.5 miles NW of Moosehead LakeEasyFew Views
Kibby2.5 miles 11m S of 15/201ModerateBest views
Mosquito1.9 miles Forks areaStrenuousBest Views