June 6, 2016 – The Johnson Brook Trails at Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge just north of Bangor, ME, are among six newly designated National Recreation Trails. This 3.5-mile loop trail in Penobscot County gives visitors a chance to experience the forested wetlands that surround Sunkhaze Bog.
National Recreation Trail designations by the Secretary of the Interior recognize existing trails and trail systems that link communities to recreational opportunities on public lands and in local parks.
The network of Johnson Brook trails has long been a favorite at Sunkhaze Meadows Refuge because of their beaver dams and abundant spring wildflowers. Looping through a cedar swamp, a network of trails around a central loop begins from a parking area as a wide, grassy road giving way to trails of moderate difficulty. Interpretive signs highlight flora and fauna, while several side trails feature a beaver pond and birch grove. In the winter, visitors can use the trails for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing.
Several sections of a boardwalk and bridge were recently repaired and the trails re-opened in October 2015. The Friends of Sunkhaze periodically schedule guided hikes.
Trails Guide for National Wildlife Refuge System
Other National Recreational Trails on National Wildlife Refuges
Maine Trail Finder