Center Hill Nature Trail (Weld, ME)

The Center Hill Nature Trail is a short (half-mile) loop located on Center Hill (1,658 ft), inside Mount Blue State Park, off Center Hill Road (unpaved) in Weld, Maine. This trail begins and ends at the parking area for the Center Hill picnic area, and includes excellent views of Mount Blue, Tumbledown Mountain, Webb Lake, and the surrounding lakes and mountains.

Center Hill Nature Trail, Mount Blue State Park, Weld, Maine
Center Hill Nature Trail, Mount Blue State Park, Weld, Maine
The steep, winding access road from Center Hill Road to the summit is paved, but not plowed in winter. There are snowshoe trails accessible to hikers from the base of the hill, or from the winter trailhead at park headquarters at 299 Center Hill Road, Weld, Maine. The best guide is Mount Blue State Park’s map and brochure.
View of (right to left) West, Old Blue, Tumbledown, Little Jackson, and Jackson Mountains from Center Hill Nature Trail, Mount Blue State Park, Weld, Maine.
View of (right to left) West, Old Blue, Tumbledown, Little Jackson, and Jackson Mountains from Center Hill Nature Trail, Mount Blue State Park, Weld, Maine.
We visited in May, before the summit road was open, and navigated the icy road to the summit on foot, then walked the Center Hill Nature Trail counter-clockwise, stopping at each viewpoint.  The trail was wet, but easily navigable, and snow was only present in shaded areas.
Viewpoint from Center Hill Nature Trail, Mount Blue State Park, Weld, Maine
Viewpoint from Center Hill Nature Trail, Mount Blue State Park, Weld, Maine
This short trail is perfect for families, with picturesque spots to take photos and picnic tables with beautiful views, and brochures are available (in summer) for a self-guided natural history hike through numbered stations.  In the summer, swimming is available a short drive away at Mount Blue State Park’s Webb Beach and Campground on the opposite side of Webb Lake.
View of Mount Blue's trademark conical summit from Center Hill Nature Trail, Mount Blue State Park, Weld, Maine
View of Mount Blue’s trademark conical summit from Center Hill Nature Trail, Mount Blue State Park, Weld, Maine
For those doing more challenging hikes in the area of Tumbledown, Mount Blue, or other peaks, this ring is a nice break, and the viewpoints and benches are an easy way to get the lay of the land of the Mount Blue area.
View through the trees of Tumbledown, Little Jackson, and Jackson Mountains from Center Hill Nature Trail, Mount Blue State Park, Weld, Maine.
View through the trees of Tumbledown, Little Jackson, and Jackson Mountains from Center Hill Nature Trail, Mount Blue State Park, Weld, Maine.

2 thoughts on “Center Hill Nature Trail (Weld, ME)

  1. Jay Gaulard June 21, 2020 / 10:23 am

    Great post! I am just a bit into browsing through some of your site and stumbled across this one. You’ve got a lot of hiking that I need to wade through. I moved to Maine about six years ago and live about 45 minutes away from this Center Hill hike. I did this one a few years back and liked it a lot. It’s short, but it has a lot to offer. I remember that overlook. Great spot. Check this out:

    https://www.jaygaulard.com/hiking-center-hill-nature-trail-in-mount-blue-state-park-maine/

    Have you ever done French’s Mountain in Rome, Maine? That’s another short one but one of the nicest hikes I’ve ever done.

    https://www.jaygaulard.com/hiking-frenchs-mountain-trail-in-rome-maine/

    Sorry for the URLs. I just wanted to show you what I’m referring to. I’ve done a lot of hiking in the area.

    https://www.jaygaulard.com/category/hiking-walking/

    You can remove the links if you want. I am just excited to meet another blogger who does this stuff too. Okay, great job on the site and I’ll keep checking out your pages.

    Jay

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    • Undercover Hiker June 21, 2020 / 11:35 am

      Great. Appreciate the recommendations. We will definitely have to check out your posts (and French’s Mountain).

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