Chip Stockford Reserve

This upland forest encompasses Ladies Delight Hill. It has a limited undeveloped parking area and simple trail network.

It is a working forest that protects the shoreline and watershed from the effects of second tier development while offering public access for walking, cross-country skiing and enjoyment. The upland forest is complimented by a small but important wetland on Fairview Bay.

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The Property

This 155 acre Reserve was purchased by the trust in 2001 with the generous help of the residents of the Ladies Delight Association. The primary goal of this reserve was to protect the water quality of the Lower Bay of Kezar Lake. To that end the trust has provided sites for septic disposal to our neighbors along the lake. The trust manages the property for forest products, wildlife habitat, and public recreational access. At the turn of the 19th century, the land including Ladies Delight Hill was unforested and used for pasture. As such a forest of predominantly white pine is now present with efforts by the GLLT to increase the percentage of other tree species. The reserve is named for one of the GLLT founders whose family was instrumental in its establishment.

Ladies Delight Hill

According to “Blueberries and Pulsey Weed the story of Lovell Maine”, by author Pauline Moore, “Ladies Delight, that beautiful little hill that overlooks South Bay, was not named for the view. Nor was it named because it made a delightful walk for ladies to take on a Sunday afternoon, or because it was covered with wonderful blueberries. It was named in sarcasm because women who tried to live in two homes built there could not endure the loneliness and isolation.” The property has a long history of human intervention such as farming, pastures, logging and the mining of granite and sand. Evidence of stonewalls, wells, stone foundations, sand pits are all present along the hike. A micro burst in 1998 left a 2 acre clearing near the view vista. The trust cut and maintains a view of Lower Bay and Robbins Ridge (accessed by the red trail spur).

Activity Guidelines

The Reserve is open to public use for these activities:

  • Fishing and hunting in season

  • Hiking and picnicking

  • Horseback riding

  • Cross-country skiing

  • Snowshoeing

These activities are not allowed:

  • Fires

  • Motorized vehicles

  • Cutting/removal of vegetation

  • Camping (except for no-trace camping by prior permit only).

  • Mountain biking

Please use the land responsibly, leaving it just as you found it so that others may enjoy it as well. Carry out all waste. Control pets by voice or leash. Leave nature (soil, vegetation, and animals) undisturbed.

Contact us

Greater Lovell Land Trust
P.O. Box 225
Lovell ME 04051

We are a private, non-profit organization of local volunteers and fellow conservationists from across the U.S. and beyond, protecting our region’s lands and waters in the interest of the public. We welcome new members and contributions such as help with land purchases, property easements, gifts, or volunteers for current projects. Please join us.

Species observed to date

Please forward any new observations to Dennis Smith, GLLT Database Administrator.


Chip Stockford Reserve Birds

Chip Stockford Reserve Flora

Chip Stockford Reserve Mammals

Chip Stockford Reserve Amphibians/ Reptiles/ & Fish