Portsmouth, ME: Folly Pond Loop

Moose tracks outnumber boot tracks on this secluded 8.4-mile loop through rolling farmland to a wooded New England pond.
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Moose tracks outnumber boot tracks on this secluded 8.4-mile loop through rolling farmland to a wooded New England pond.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 10.1

Waypoints

FPL001

Location: 43.1866837, -70.6609116

Trailhead marked by red gates; hike along fire road NW passing near Hooper Swamp

FPL002

Location: 43.2074814, -70.6910706

Turn R @ Folly Pond; trail begins forested loop around lake

FPL003

Location: 43.2103424, -70.6907349

Veer L @ unmarked trail intersection

FPL004

Location: 43.2103424, -70.6925659

Climb an earthen dam; take two immediate L turns

FPL005

Location: 43.1989861, -70.6993637

Turn L onto side trail

FPL006

Location: 43.1967659, -70.6991348

Look out over lake from a 100-ft. cliff; great rest spot

FPL007

Location: 43.1973801, -70.6996536

At bottom of cliff, turn L onto main trail

FPL008

Location: 43.1944199, -70.7013092

Turn L onto unmarked trail

FPL009

Location: 43.19384, -70.7002106

One of the many old farm-building foundations in this region

FPL010

Location: 43.1890259, -70.6962814

Trail turns L @ T intersection

FPL011

Location: 43.1907234, -70.6947708

Trail fades; hug NW shoreline of Middle Pond while crossing the isthmus

FPL012

Location: 43.2032242, -70.6929016

End loop in .2 mile; backtrack home