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Situated between the towns of North Yarmouth, Freeport, Durham, and New Gloucester, Pownal epitomizes the small rural Maine town. Its population grazes 1,500, and its town center is a nod to its history where the municipal town hall, Mallett Hall, which is listed on the National Historic Register, proudly stands.

Pownal was settled in 1680 and incorporated on March 3, 1808, from a portion of Freeport, and fittingly, its recreational opportunities stand apart. Most notably, Bradbury Mountain State Park draws hikers seeking a modest walk to a picturesque vista at the summit.

A Grand View from a Maine Summit

Acquired from the Federal Government in 1939, Bradbury Mountain became one of the five original state parks. In the 1940's, it offered downhill skiing with a rope tow. In the 1990's, the park added 250 acres, thanks to the generosity of the Spiegel family, funding from the Lands for Maine's Future Fund, and the efforts of many generous people. These groups continue to work on expanding the park to eventually link to the Pineland Public Land parcel in New Gloucester.

Sculpted by a glacier, Bradbury Mountain is the park's most outstanding natural feature. An ideal picnic area, the park’s trails and migrating hawk and eagles populate its 800+ acres of forestland.  Families, horseback riders, mountain bikers, snowmobilers, and snowshoers (rentals are available) find it a wonderful place to spend a day or afternoon exploring trails, taking in the magnificent view, or enjoying a picnic under a canopy of trees.

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From mid-March through mid-May, the annual Hawk Watch takes place in Pownal at Bradbury Mountain State Park, and in the fall, visitors enjoy the views of fall foliage from the summit and watch migrating hawks and eagles ride the thermals.



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