West Carry Pond

Location: Maine
Trip Starts: Long Falls Dam Road
Trip Ends: Kennebec River (Caratunk ME)
Total Distance: 17.2 miles
Hike Type: One-Way, Shuttle Hike
Hike Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Trails Used: Appalachian Trail
Trail Traffic: Moderate
More Information:

Appalachian Trail Conservancy
799 West Washington Street
Harpers Ferry, WV 25425
(304) 535-6331


This is one of the easier sections of the Appalachian Trail in Maine and it is a very scenic section of trail. The route starts at Long Falls Dam Road where we had a shuttle driver drop us off due to very limited parking. From the gravel road the A.T. climbs immediately then gradually drops down to West Carry Pond and a lean-to bearing the same name after 3.5 miles.

A short distance northbound on the A.T. is Arnold’s Point – named for Colonel Benedict Arnold who led a force of 1,100 Continental Army troops on an expedition from Cambridge in the Province of Massachusetts Bay to the gates of Quebec City. The expedition was part of a two-pronged invasion of the British Province of Quebec, and passed through the wilderness of what is now Maine – crossing the pond at this location.

The Appalachian Trail leaves West Carry Pond after Arnold’s Point and continues on to East Carry Pond where there is a nice beach right on the trail that is perfect for a lunch break. Then 13.5 miles from Long Falls Dam Road the A.T. reached the scenic Pierce Pond and lean-to. Harrison’s Pierce Pond Camps are 0.3 miles away and rent cabins but a reservation is required.

The final section of the trail follows the Pierce Pond Stream as it cascades down the mountain to the Kennebec River. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy provides a canoe ferry at the river but has seasonal hours and you should check with their website before you hike this section. Do not ford this river. Hikers have died trying in the past. The parking area to end this section is across the river and across the highway near the town of Caratunk.

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