Join Kennebec Estuary Land Trust to celebrate the opening of its newest trail in Higgins Mountain Preserve, on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m. (Rhyan Pacquereau photo)

GEORGETOWN — The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust is hosting the grand opening of a new loop trail at Higgins Mountain Preserve in Georgetown on Saturday, Sept. 29 at 1 p.m.

RSVP  at www.kennebecestuary.org/ or call (207) 442-8400.

The event, consisting of a  ribbon cutting ceremony followed by autumn-themed refreshments, guided and self-guided walks, is family-friendly, free and open to the public.

Trail construction was led by local Boy Scout, Thomas Trundy, for his Eagle Scout project. The guided tour will be led by Trundy, who will share how the trail was made and points of interest.

The new loop at Higgins Mountain Preserve adds a half-mile along the rocky shoulder of the mountain. It connects to the existing blue-blazed trail at the memorial plaque, and at a point further north. The new trail is relatively level but somewhat rocky, passing through a pitch and white pine woodland covered with huckleberry, lowbush blueberry and reindeer lichens, and traversing open ledge in places.

In some places the trail is marked with small rock piles called cairns.

Higgins Mountain is one of the highest points on Georgetown Island, with an elevation of 259 feet above sea level.

The new trail partly follows an older path which extends into adjoining properties, and the land trust is asking that neighbor’s boundaries be respected.

The preserve was donated to KELT in 2000 by Billie Todd to be enjoyed by the public for hiking and hunting, pets are not allowed.

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