Sunday, April 15, 2012

E. B. Mallett's Granite Quarry

Freeport Conservation Trails are all around town. One of them encompasses E. B. Mallett's former granite quarry. There are sheer granite cliffs along the 'Quarry' section of the trail.

Mallett's Granite quarry Freeport
Granite quarry.

Bridge across ravine at the start/end of the trail.

quarried granite
Monolith in the woods.

Hiking notes: this trail is a loop of 1.5 miles. Very uneven ground throughout the whole trail. One steep section midway through and another steep section at the end (only if you get to the trail from the school). Short section off main trail to get to quarry. Trails are marked with white, blue and green blazes. Check out the school projects along the trail!

Wildlife: I've seen game birds, woodpeckers, robins, chickadees and nuthatches as well as squirrels (red and gray) and chipmunks. (But I make a lot of noise, so I probably scare most wildlife off!)

To get to the trail: From downtown Freeport take Bow St to Lower Mast Landing Rd. Turn right on Lower Mast Landing Rd, go approx .3 of a mile until you see a large woodchip pile on the right side of the road. This is the trail head. There is no parking area, pull off the road. (You may also get to the trail by walking from here to the end of the sidewalk on Bow St and crossing to the school path on the opposite side. Follow the winding path down to the parking lot, cross, go down the stairs and find the start of the trail just past the left side of the pond. This access is only available outside school hours.)

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