In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. John Muir
I often come across new visitors to Libby Hill looking at the large map at the parking lot kiosk. Very often the first-time visitors are hikers or walkers. With so many trails they are confused on where to start their first exploration of Libby Hill. This guide is designed to give some route ideas for new and existing trail visitors.
The difference between hiking and walking really comes down to semantics. Hiking leans toward longer walks with more challenges including rocks, steeper inclines, roots, and brook crossings. Walking entails smoother paths, gentler inclines, and shorter routes. Here we will present routes using the Easy, Moderate, Difficult rating categories.
Marked narrow trails are designated hiking trails because they all contain roots and rocks on the trail. Wide marked ski trails are smooth and ideal for walking when trails are not groomed.
Turkey Trot Trail and School Fields (0.6mi)- Turkey Trot is a red blazed trail that starts by the grooming shed and goes through the woods on the edge of the Middle School athletic fields. It passes near a pond where you can detour and see beavers and an abundance of bird life. It then winds back through the woods and ends near the new basketball court at the Middle School. This trail is 0.6 mile however, you can extend the walk by walking around the Middle School and High School complexes.
Suggested Hikes with full descriptions
|Moose Odessey||3.1 mi||Best hike to learn the trail system|
|Back Country Hike||3.0 mi||Discover the wild side of Libby Hill and feel like you have travelled to the north Maine Woods.|
|Thayer Brook Preserve Combined Hikes||4 mi||Adds more trails to our back country hike. Can be done from either parking lot.|