South Bog Conservation Area

About South Bog

South Bog is a 1000-acre working forest with two unique trail experiences; a short interpretive trail highlighting the conservation area’s rich natural resources and a stream restoration effort and a longer multi-use trail to Rangeley Lake.


The interpretive trail leaves from the parking area and follows the eastern side of the South Bog Stream to a stream restoration project completed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. It then crosses the stream (no bridge) and follows the western shore of the stream back to the road where it is only a short walk back to the parking lot.


The longer extension leaves from the western side of the stream just after the stream crossing and goes approximately 2 miles to a picnic area along the shores of Rangeley Lake.


Recreation Opportunities

Conservation Story

RLHT purchased the 980-acre South Bog Conservation Area in 2004.  


Being prepared means knowing where you are going before getting there. Pack a map, talk with hikers and look at trail apps. Choose equipment for comfort, weather, and safety. Plan the trip to match your time, skills, and abilities. 

We strive for one well-designed trail rather than many poorly chosen routes. Stay within the width of the trail and hike single file on durable surfaces, like rock and sand. They can withstand repeated use. Durable surfaces are less likely to erode. Vegetation, including the lichen that grows on rocks, is fragile and easily damaged by treads. 

Carry in, carry out. Please remove your pet’s waste.

Allow those who come after you the same sense of wonder by leaving flowers, rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts, and other objects of interest where they are. 

Permitted campfires are allowed in the established fire ring. State of Maine laws must be followed. 

When wildlife watching, we recommend using the  Rule of Thumb. Don’t touch, get near, feed, or pick up wild animals. Doing so causes them stress, and they may have a harmful disease to humans. 

Always be courteous to other visitors. Everyone deserves to enjoy a positive outdoor experience. Be mindful of your noise level, be a responsible pet owner, and enjoy the natural world. 



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Current Conditions

Rangeley Region
4:29 pm, September 30, 2023
Wind: 7 mph
Pressure: 1022 mb
Visibility: 8.047 km
Sunrise: 6:38 am
Sunset: 6:26 pm

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