Burnt Jacket Mountain in Greenville, Maine is an easy family and pet friendly adventure with a surprise at the peak that children can not only enjoy, but add to as well!
How to Get There
There are no bathroom facilities at Burnt Jacket Mountain, so we advise you to make a stop somewhere in Greenville before heading out.From Greenville:
Drive North on Lily Bay Road towards Beaver Cove for approximately 5 1/2 miles. At the Beaver Cove town line turn left onto Burnt Jacket Road. After 2 miles you’ll turn left onto Mountain Road then continue to follow the Burnt Jacket Mountain signs until you reach the gravel pit parking area.
Be sure to not get confused with the Burnt Jacket Community signs. From Rockwood/Jackman/Quebec:
For approximately 18 miles head south on 6/15 towards Greenville. Turn left onto Pritham Avenue in Greenville Junction (Breton’s store will be on your right), follow Pritham Avenue to the blinking yellow light in Greenville. Turn left on Lily Bay Road and drive north for 5 1/2 miles.
At the Beaver Cove town line turn left onto Burnt Jacket Road. After 2 miles you’ll turn left onto Mountain Road then continue to follow the Burnt Jacket Mountain signs until you reach the gravel pit parking area.
Be sure to not get confused with the Burnt Jacket Community signs.
You’ll start off in the parking lot and head down a wide path to the right as the sign shows. You’ll travel approximately 2/10 of a mile and find the trail coming into the path on the right.
Please be sure to bring any trash you take on the trail back out with you, so others do not have to clean up after you.
Burnt Jacket Mountain is an easy trail that children will enjoy! There are a few root sections to keep an eye out for and when we visited there was a down tree that created a small gap that required a bit of a step down. You’ll find a rocks here and there along the way as well, so be sure to not get overly excited about the ease of the trail and end up with a twisted ankle.
What You’ll See Trailside
Along the trail you’ll find raspberry bushes (watch out their prickly), blueberry patches, mushrooms of every size, shape and color! You might even happen upon a toad in the trail that jumps out of your way just in time for you to catch a glimpse of him!
Break Points Along the Way
Since this is an easy trail we didn’t find that we needed to take many breaks along the way, but if you have little feet along with you there are plenty of logs and rocks to rest anyone that might be a bit weary.
What to Expect at the Peak
The peak does not hold an amazing view like Big Squaw (Moose) Mountain down the road does, but there is an adorable village that children will greatly enjoy! There was a small cut out where you could see Mt. Kineo in Rockwood just beyond the peak and village to the right.
While the view from the peak isn’t spectacular, you could pack a lunch and enjoy a bit of relaxing time together as a family before you begin the short trek back down.
Trail Difficulty Level: Moderate/5+ years
Peak Elevation: 1, 690 feet
Round Trip Distance: 2 miles
Average Trail Time: 30 minutes +/- trailhead to peak and 30 minutes +/- peak to trailhead
Hiking Attire: Sneakers at minimum. Light jacket for spring and fall hikes.
Pets: Welcome on leash (please clean up after them, so other hikers do not have to watch where they step)
Fires: Not allowed
What To Pack: Water Bottles, Snacks, Cell Phone, Camera, Doggie Water Bowls and Bags (pet owners)
We hope that you have a wonderful Moosehead Lake Family Adventure on Burnt Jacket Mountain (Greenville)!