Fletcher Hill Forest is an attractive central Maine recreational property with a well-managed timber resource. Amenities include access from town-maintained roads, an internal infrastructure to accommodate forest management or a hunting/recreational retreat with sunset views to the west.
Fletcher Hill Forest is located in North New Portland, a quiet New England town that sits in the foothills of the western Maine mountains, within the heart of the alpine skiing and white water rafting region of the state. This multiple-use property is just north of the center of town, two miles southeast of Hancock Pond. The scenic Carrabassett Valley, home to Sugarloaf Ski Resort and Flagstaff Lake, is just a 25 minute drive away, while access to the exciting white water rafting mecca of Maine, The Forks, is just under one hour north.
The property is accessed from the west off Hancock Pond Road, a town-maintained gravel road in excellent condition. The property boasts over 1,200+ feet of road frontage over three locations, providing adequate access (and power) to the property from the west. The main access into the property is a recently improved gravel road via a right-of-way along Earnhardt Drive from Meadow Brook Road (aka State Route 16). This has historically been used for timber management activities and would be the most likely access for other uses such as recreation or camp development. Forestry activities over time have created a well-established system of internal forestry trails.
The northeastern quarter of the property is located on the western slopes of Fletcher Hill (as locally known), the top of which is located in neighboring Embden. Overall, the topography is rolling, with a northwest exposure. Elevation increases gradually from southwest to northeast, being mostly flat on the southeastern half of the property associated with Harris Brook and its associated wetland complex, and then gaining elevation upon the approach to the slopes of Fletcher Hill. A few intermittent streams flow throughout the property during spring and fall runoff, while year-round Harris Brook flows along the southwestern edge of the property. The forest and trails offer many opportunities for recreation including hunting, hiking, four-wheeling and snowmobiling, along with many areas to stop and enjoy the western views of Mt. Abraham and the Carrabassett Valley region. Utilizing the main road into the property, there are several areas where a camp could be placed, affording impressive views to the west and north.
The forest supports a mixed species composition of northern hardwoods and mixed softwoods, and has been managed for decades as a working forest. Sugar and red maple, white pine, white and yellow birch, white ash, hemlock, spruce, fir and aspen are represented to varying degrees over the landscape. The property presents a good opportunity for long-term, quality timber production with diversity in composition and quality. With a mix of species and size classes, as well as good soils, continued management will yield long-term financial results. A forest management plan is available upon request.
A nice perennial stream, Harris Brook, flows through the southwestern corner of the property.
A right-of-way over Earnhardt Drive from the south is the primary access point to the heart of the property.