Frenchman Bay Conservancy has opened a new trail at its Jordan Homestead preserve in Ellsworth. FRENCHMAN BAY CONSERVANCY PHOTO

New hiking trail open in Ellsworth

ELLSWORTH — On Oct. 29, Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) opened a new trail at its new preserve, Jordan Homestead, in Ellsworth. The preserve — 31 acres with 3,000 feet of water frontage — was owned by the same family for over 200 years. FBC protected the property in 2017, ensuring the preservation of its heritage garden, wildlife habitat and views of the Union River.

The parking lot for the Jordan Homestead Preserve is located on Bayside Road in Ellsworth. The trail, approximately a one-mile hike, takes visitors down to Whittaker Brook, and winds past views of the Union River. Hikers can expect bog bridging, stone staircases, and a wood bridge. Dogs are welcome at this preserve.

The woods at Jordan Homestead Preserve saw immense activity this summer while the trail was built. FBC staff, Environmental Steward Josh Churchill-Broadberry and a group of dedicated volunteers logged more than 300 hours of time working on the new trail, digging tread, hauling lumber, heaving plastic buckets and cutting corridor.

The trail at Jordan Homestead Preserve marks a new era of human activity at Jordan Homestead, but one that FBC hopes will be no less long-lasting. This new trail is built to last against erosion, in the hopes that generations may continue to enjoy and appreciate the land, alongside its rich history.

Frenchman Bay Conservancy (FBC) is a nationally accredited nonprofit land conservation organization that conserves distinctive ecosystems, lands and waters for the benefit of all, from the Union River and Frenchman Bay watersheds east to the Hancock County line. Since 1987, FBC has conserved more than 8,000 acres and maintains more than 28 miles of year-round public access hiking trails for nature observation, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hunting.

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