Heald and Bradley Pond Reserve
Over 800 acres with several thousand feet of shoreline, this property is dedicated to use and enjoyment by the public. The property includes most of the western shore of Heald Pond, access to the southern shores of Bradley Pond, and much of Whiting Hill, Amos Mountain and Flat Hill.
Most of the property is upland, bordered by Route 5 on the west and Slab City Road on the south. There is some riparian environment between Bradley and Heald Ponds, and limited wetlands.
Several miles of well-marked hiking trails lead to views from the tops of Whiting Hill, Amos Mountain and Flat Hill as well as access points on both ponds.
In 2013, the GLLT added a 0.7 mile fully accessible trail for use by persons aided by adaptive equipment. The trail begins at the Gallie Trailhead and ends at a picnic area in a forest glade.
There is a separate parking lot located just east of Mill Brook off Slab City Road (with maps and a kiosk), two points of access with limited parking off Route 5, as well as a separate parking lot and kiosk off Heald Pond Road that provides access to the Flat Hill and Bradley Pond areas. The forest was worked hard as a timber resource for many years, but supports a wide variety of mammal species. Bear, deer, moose, otter, and beaver have been seen on the property and signs of bobcat and coyote are also present.
The 802-acre Reserve includes over a mile of shoreline on Heald Pond and over half a mile on Bradley Pond in an area known as Slab City. It is a terrain of forests, streams, hills, and wetlands. The summits of Whiting Hill (801 feet) and Flat Hill (891 feet) and Amos Mt. (955 feet), offer excellent views, including the White Mountains to the west.
The Reserve was acquired by the Greater Lovell Land Trust (GLLT) in 1996 through the generosity of several hundred individuals, public agencies, and organizations that support conservation to preserve the water quality of the Kezar Lake watershed. An additional 198 acres was purchased in 2009 from long term stewards, the Rogers family. The GLLT manages the property for many public benefits including out-door recreation, scenic vistas, forest products, and native wildlife.
Heald Pond was named for Benjamin Heald, who built a sawmill here in 1840. Timber back then was the area’s economic back-bone. When the sawmills were operating, the “slabs” - the outside cuts of the logs – were piled high along the road, accounting for the name. Evidence of these “shook” and cooper mills (where barrels were made to hold the rum and molasses of the Caribbean) is still found at the outlet of Heald Pond. While timber harvesting and milling continue locally, outdoor recreation is gaining an ever greater economic
The Reserve is open to public use for these:
Fishing and hunting in season
Hiking and picnicking
Snowmobiles on marked trails
Adaptive Equipment on Home-stead Trail
These activities are not allowed:
Cutting/removal of vegetation
Camping (except for no-trace camping by prior permit only).
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.
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.