The Horns Pond wilderness camp site on Bigelow Mountain range is the heaviest used site for overnight campers along the Appalachian Trail in Maine, drawing about 3,000 to 4,000 each year.

It lies in the high elevation zone of the Bigelow range that includes 4,088-foot Myron Avery Peak and 4,150-foot West Peak.

Hikers camp at Horns Pond on the way to South Horns Peak, which is about a half-hour hike away.

The campsite is maintained by the Maine Appalachian Trail Club, the volunteer group that has managed the 267 miles of the Appalachian Trail in Maine since 1935.

The Bigelow range is similar to the ridge line of Mount Katahdin, offering treacherous, extremely difficult walking above the tree line to a string of rugged peaks.

The trail to Horns Pond leaves from the narrow, dirt Stratton Brook Pond Road off Route 27 in Wyman Township and intersects with the Appalachian Trail at the pond. The 3-acre pond is stocked by the state with brook trout in the spring and open to fishing.

– Staff report

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