Saddleback Ridge Forest is an attractive central Maine recreational property in the foothills of the western Maine mountains. Amenities include access from a paved town road, an actively managed timber resource and slopes that allow for creating exceptional views.
This multiple-use forest property is in the rural setting of Peru is 0.6 miles south of the central attraction of town, Worthley Pond. The eastern border of this woodlot is the Peru-Hartford town line, which is just beyond the top of what is locally referred to as the Saddleback Ridge, one of the higher peaks in this part of central Maine. This woodlot features a year-round stream and a vigorously growing forest, and offers impressive views of the western mountains. Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry and Mt. Abram Family Resort in Greenwood are both just a 35-minute drive away, while access to the beautiful Maine coast in Freeport, the home of L.L. Bean, is just over one hour away.
The property is accessed from Greenwoods Road, known locally Worthley Pond Road. The road is a state-maintained, paved road in excellent condition. The property boasts over 800+ feet of frontage along this road, providing adequate access (and power) to the property from the west. A main access into the property is already established from Greenwoods Road. This has historically been used for timber management activities and would be the most likely access for any other uses such as recreation or camp development. Due to forestry activities over time, the property does have well-established internal forestry trails for management and recreational activities.
The property includes what is locally referred to as Saddleback Ridge, one of the higher peaks in this part of central Maine. Overall, the topography is rolling, with a northwest exposure. Elevation increases gradually from northwest to southeast with mostly gentle slopes and a few steeper areas closer to the ridgeline. A few intermittent streams flow throughout the property during spring and fall runoff, but tend to dry up during most of the summer. A nice perennial stream flows across the southwestern corner of the forest. The forest and trails offer many opportunities for recreation including hunting, hiking and nature walks, along with many areas for peaceful and quite enjoyment of the western views and the nature that abounds. Utilizing the main trail into the property, there are several areas where a camp could be placed, affording impressive views to the west and north. With some work, some nice views of Saddleback Ridge to the east could also be created.
The forest supports a mixed species composition of northern hardwoods, spruce, fir, hemlock and some white pine. The property has been managed for decades as a working forest, and was most recently harvested prior to the current ownership, approximately 12 years ago. While the western three quarters of the forest is a young, vigorously growing hardwood forest, the eastern quarter has a nice mix of small sawlog northern hardwood and red oak with ridgetop pockets of spruce and hemlock. The property presents a good opportunity for long-term, quality timber production over time.