Located around Fourth Pond in Blue Hill
Kingdom Woods Conservation Area (KWCA) consists of over 800 acres, 3 miles of trails and the entire shore of undeveloped Fourth Pond. The property also includes the upper watershed of Carleton Stream, and a variety of freshwater wetland and upland habitats.
Fourth Pond occupies an area of approximately 50 acres and is one of the few undeveloped ponds on the coast of Maine. The remaining acreage of the preserve is characterized by second growth forest of spruce, fir, red maple and scattered white pine, in addition to dry, knoll top sites dominated by northern red oak and white pine and patches of northern white cedar-spruce-fir swamp.
The land and waters of the KWCA have been traditionally used for agriculture, tree growth, fishing, hunting, nature study, and various types of recreation. The initial purchase of Fourth Pond and the surrounding 320-acre parcel occurred in 1998. Since then, Blue Hill Heritage Trust has acquired the additional properties that now comprise the KWCA with donations and volunteer efforts from the community. The purpose of this conservation effort is to protect wildlife habitat while providing an educational resource and opportunities for low-impact recreation.
Location and Parking
Park in a small lot on the Kingdom Road, 1.5 miles from Rte. 177, to access two loop trails and a connector trail. A third loop trail can be found at a second lot, 0.2 mile further along the Kingdom Road. A small pull-off across the Mines Road from the 40-15 tennis facility provides access to the southern section of the conservation area.