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Description

Location

Campground Entrance: Lat 44.681737 / Lon - 70.449439; 187 Webb Beach Road

Center Hill Headquarters: Lat 44.714002 / Lon -70.419742; 299 Center Hill Road

Hours/Season Mount Blue State Park is open year-round. Park hours are 9:00 a.m. to sunset unless otherwise posted at the gate. Earlier openings vary with the season; call ahead for these and campground hours. Fee collected year-round at entry booth by staff or self-service station.

Camping

Advanced reservations are recommended for the campground. Contact the State Park Reservations Office: 800-332-1501 in Maine; 207-624-9950 from outside Maine; or make your own reservations online at www.campwithme.com.

Mt Blue State Park offers stellar hiking, trail riding, biking, swimming and picnicking in the Western Mountains. Trail enthusiasts, anglers, and campers enjoy this region through the warm-weather months, followed by snowmobilers, cross-country skiers, snowshoers, and ice-skaters in winter. A heated yurt is located next to the the ice rink. LMF webpage.

The Land and Water Conservation Fund contributed to this State Park.Learn more about LWCF.

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History

Between 18,000 and 14,000 years ago, ice sheets overspread the region scoring exposed rocks and scouring out valleys like the one where Webb Lake lies. Take a geological tour of Tumbledown Mountain. Indigenous people later used this area for seasonal hunting and trapping, making more permanent settlements where food could be found more consistently on larger lakes and rivers and along the coast. The area's first farm was established in 1798 and, within 30 years, much of the virgin forest on lower slopes had been cleared. By the early 1900s many area farms had been abandoned, but visitors can still find stonewalls and cellar holes from this era.

During the Great Depression in the 1930s, the federal government purchased 51 parcels of marginal farmland under the U.S. Resettlement Administration Land Utilization Project. The Federal Works Progress Administration hired workers and began to build the infrastructure of roads and buildings that what would become Mt. Blue State Park. The U.S. Department of Agriculture transferred the property to the State in 1955, and subsequent acquisitions expanded the park to its current size of 8,000 acres.

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Activities

  • ATV riding
  • Birdwatching
  • Boating (motorized)
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Fishing
  • Hiking (trails)
  • Horseback riding
  • Hunting
  • Off-road biking
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Swimming
  • Watchable wildlife

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Rules

  • Visitors may not remove, molest, injure or damage anything historical, physical, prehistorical, or natural (except for hunting and trapping as provided by law) and may not endanger other persons or property.
  • Quiet in camping areas is required between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. (and is encouraged during the day as sound travels). Gates are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Generators in the campground can be operated only at designated times.
  • Park rules prohibit use of intoxicating beverages.
  • While in the park, keep pets on a leash (less than 4 feet) at all times, do not leave them unattended, and clean up their waste.
  • Carry out all trash.
  • Hunting is permitted at Mount Blue State Park between October 1 and April 30.
  • Discharge of any weapon is prohibited at all times within 300 feet of any picnic area, camping area or campsite, parking area, building, shelter, boat launch site, posted hiking trail or other developed area.
  • Baiting wildlife for hunting is prohibited at Mount Blue State Park. Trapping may only take place with written permission of the Bureau and only in accordance with local ordinances and the laws and rules of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
  • ATVs and snowmobiles are permitted only on designated trails.
  • See Rules for State Parks and Historic Sites

Consider lending a hand. Contact us if you would like to help with stewardship or maintenance work.

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Trails

Trail Activities & Conditions for Mount Blue State Park.

Visit the Mount Blue Trail map at Maine Trail Finder.

Visit the Blueberry Mountain Trail map at Maine Trail Finder.

Visit the Center Hill Nature Trail map at Maine Trail Finder.

Visit the Mount Blue State Park - Cross-country Ski Trails map at Maine Trail Finder.

Visit the Mount Blue State Park - Snowshoe Trails map at Maine Trail Finder.

HIKING TRAILS

Mt. Blue Trail (3.2 miles roundtrip, 3-4 hours, moderate): A strenuous, straight-up hike leads to scenic vistas at the peak. The trail offers excellent birding and abundant wildflowers. A new observation tower is scheduled to be built in 2011.

Center Hill Nature Trail (0.5 miles roundtrip, 1 hour, easy): An interpretive brochure and numbered way stations allow visitors to learn more about the region's cultural and natural history. The trail begins at the parking lot of the Center Hill picnic area.

Campground Trails: to reach these trails, travel 2.4 miles north on Rte. 142 past Weld Village and bear left on the West Road at Webb Corner. Continue 4 miles to Webb Beach Road, which leads down to the lake and campground.

Webb Lake Nature Trail (0.6 miles, 1 hour, easy): This meandering foot path, between the shore of Webb Lake and Swett Brook, is well-suited to nature study. Start near the Park's nature center and return by the same route.

Swett Brook Trail (2 miles, 2 hours, easy/moderate): Circling the upland around the Webb Lake campground, this circuit is good for exercise and family nature walks.

MULTI-USE TRAILS

The multi-use trails consist of two loops. Both start at park headquarters, one approximately 20 miles; the other 4 miles. Those exploring by mountain bike, ATV, horse, or on foot will encounter varied terrain: unimproved roads and some wooded sections that offer challenging riding. To reach these trails, follow the Center Hill Road from Weld Village to park headquarters.

GROOMED WINTER TRAILS

Cross-country ski trails at Mount Blue State Park provide an opportunity to see some of the park's more remote areas in winter's splendor. Six trails traverse forests, fields, and old farmlands Fifteen miles of groomed ski trails range in length from a half-mile to 10 miles.

Snowmobile trails wind through the park, connecting the Maine ITS system and local trails.

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Tours and Programs

View the Maine Parks and Lands Event Calendar

Winter Family Fun Day - Take It Outside Event

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Services and Facilities

  • Campground
  • Group picnic shelter
  • Picnic area
  • Playground
  • RV dumping station
  • Showers
  • Trailered boat launch
  • See Visitor Accessibility

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Special Considerations

    Expect changing weather while hiking and be prepared with extra clothing and appropriate footwear. Inform someone where you are going and when you expect to return.

    Buy only local firewood and thoroughly clean boats and motors to avoid importing invasive plant and animal species. Burn It Where You Buy It

    Do not leave valuables unattended in your vehicle.

    Please stay on established trails (even when muddy) to protect sensitive ecosystems particularly in summit areas.

    Observe wildlife from far enough away that they do not change their behavior: do not follow or feed animals. Avoid areas with nesting birds, dens or young animals (even those that appear abandoned).

    Be prepared for black flies and mosquitoes, particularly in May and June. While the area is not heavily infested with deer ticks, it is still advisable to check yourself daily to prevent Lyme disease.

    Don't count on your cell phone in an emergency as coverage is spotty to non-existent. Vehicle GPS systems are unreliable in this area.

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Location

Weld, ME

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Fees

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Contact

Mt. Blue State Park
299 Center Hill Road
Weld, ME 04285
Park season: (207) 585-2347
Fall, winter & spring: (207) 585-2261
Campground & Beach at 187 Webb Beach Rd.

Maps

download Full Guide & Map - color, two 18x24 pages (PDF 1.6MB)

download Park map - color, 18 x 24 inches (PDF 871KB)

download Campground map - black & White (PDF 483KB)

download Campground map - color (GIF 75KB)

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Directions and Parking

Get Google map and directions

To reach Mount Blue State Park in Weld, follow Route 156 from Wilton or Route 142 from Dixfield or Phillips. To reach the Mount Blue trailhead and Center Hill Picnic area, follow the Center Road from Weld Village. To reach the Webb Beach and Campground, proceed 2 miles north past Weld Village and bear left on the West Road at Webb Corner. Continue 4 miles to Webb Beach Road, which leads down to the lake and campground. Address is 187 Webb Beach Rd. GPS Coordinates N44' 40.905" W 070' 26.957"

Nearby Attractions

Maine's Lakes and Mountains Region
Mt. Blue State Park is in the Maine's Lakes and Mountains Region that encompasses Franklin and Oxford Counties and represents the westernmost portion of Maine.

Androscoggin Riverlands
is a 2,800-acre expanse with 12 miles of river frontage offering abundant opportunities for walking, fishing, boating, wildlife watching and hunting just north of Lewiston-Auburn.

Grafton Notch State Park/Mahoosuc P.L.
offers hiking, picnicking and sightseeing (with numerous waterfalls and gorges) within a mountainous, 33,000-acre region encompassing some of the state's most scenic terrain.

Rangeley Lake State Park
offers 869 acres in the heart of Maine's Western Mountains, 50 campsites along cool, clear waters popular for boating and fishing.

Kennebec Highlands
offers a variety of recreational opportunities on more than 6,500 acres of conserved lands in the Belgrade Lake region west of Augusta - protected through a public-private partnership.

State Route 27
is a designated national scenic byway that runs from Kingfield north through the Carrabassett Valley to the Canadian border.

Relevant Contacts

Maine Trail Finder

Franklin County Chamber of Commerce
248 Wilton Road, Farmington, ME 04939 / (207) 778-4215

Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 317, Rangeley, ME 04970 / (207) 864-5364