The Whitten Hill property includes beautiful stretches of 100-year old hemlock, pine and hardwoods; visitors can experience a large area of forest that is developing old growth qualities.

Whitten Hill can be accessed on the Northern Headwaters and Whitten Fields trails; the property is part of the Northern Headwaters Preserve. From Whitten Hill Parking Lot, visitors can also access an extensive network of trails to the East side of Halldale Road, including Bog Brook.

The Northern Headwaters trail is a 3 ½ -mile loop, part of which meanders along the Sheepscot River where it is a sparkling narrow stream bordered by old hemlocks. On much of the trail, the trees’ canopies meet and the resulting deep shade supports an undisturbed ecosystem that is very pleasing to wander through. Stone walls, fruit trees, and a large cellar hole are reminders that it hasn’t always been this way. The trail crosses an open field with views across the watershed to Beaver Ridge in Freedom.

Directions: From the South: From Rte 3 in Liberty, take Route 220 North about 3 miles and turn left on Burnham Hill Rd/Halldale Rd (road curves sharply to the right here and street sign says “Mountain Valley Hwy”). Stay to the right at the fork in the road to continue onto Halldale Rd; continue 1 mile to the Whitten Hill parking lot on your left.

From the North: From Rte 137 at Knox Ridge, take Route 220 South 1.8 miles. Where 220 curves sharply to the left, continue straight onto Halldale Road.  Continue 3.6 miles to the Whitten Hill parking lot on your right.

Before you go:

  • Parking lot is plowed in winter, but may not be clear immediately after snowfall
  • Foot traffic only
  • Keep dogs under control
  • Carry out what you carry in
  • No camping or fires
  • Hunting allowed on this preserve; contact us for permission and details: (207)389-5150
  • Wear protective orange clothing during hunting season