AUGUSTA — The Appalachian Trail Conference has donated 4,000 acres on Mt. Abraham near Kingfield to the state to be maintained as an ecological reserve.
The West Virginia-based hiking and trail maintenance group purchased the land on one of the state's highest peaks from Plum Creek Timber Corp. for $1.3 million. It is the ATC's largest land purchase.
The land lies on the eastern and southern parts of the mountain and runs in a large crescent-shaped arc with its northern tip touching on the Appalachian Trail.
The donated parcel includes portions of the Firewarden's Trail, a popular hiking trail leading up the east side of the mountain.
At 4,049 feet, Mt. Abraham is one of only 13 peaks in the state higher than 4,000 feet. Ten of those are already publicly owned.
Here's a page on Mount Abraham (with the photo of the cairns)