Autumn on Appleton Ridge  LbNA # 18619

OwnerHoosier Honey Bee    
Placed DateOct 11 2005
LocationAppleton, ME
Found ByThe Shaw's
Last UpdateJul 9 2011
Hike Distance?

TERRAIN: Blueberry Barrens



I doubt that you will find Appleton Ridge listed in any tourist guidebook. But a drive here during autumn will rival any fall foliage tour in New England. Be sure to bring with you one of the following Delorme maps; "The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer" or "The Illustrated Map of the Maine Coast (Kittery to Bar Harbor)". There are many points of approach, but I am going to route you out of Camden. Take Washington Street (Route 105) west from Route 1 across the street from the Village Green. Take a leisurely 10 mile drive through the country until you reach the intersection of Route 131. Turn left and go about a mile to the small village of Appleton. There is a cluster of buildings at an intersection and a church to the left across a bridge over the St. George River. Turn right on Town House Hill Road. You will immediately start to climb the ridge. It’s about 0.7 miles to the top. A dirt road runs the length of Appleton Ridge. Make sure you explore it in both directions. The view of Sennebec Pond and the coastal mountains is beautiful. The turn of the century Oakes Mansion, a stark sentinel of decay on the ridge, adds to the haunting atmosphere of the season.


To find the letterbox, turn right from the top of Town House Hill Rd onto Appleton Ridge Rd. Drive about 0.6 miles. There’s a pull off on the west side of the road by utility pole #020. You’ll see a weathered cedar-shingled farmhouse to the northwest. Standing in front of the utility pole, on a heading of 232 degrees, walk 30 paces to a stone wall on the opposite side of the road. One of the stones in the wall is a large boulder that’s been sheered off on one side and angles skyward above the others. You will find the letterbox under a pile of rocks about 3 feet to the left of that rock. Bring ink pads or art markers in fall colors. This is a two part stamp.

(1 pace = 2 steps)

You can return the way you came or take Route 131 south to Union where you will turn on Route 17 east to the coast or west to Augusta. The foliage is not at its peak yet; so you still have time to enjoy this place before the leaves fall. Maybe the sun will be shining too. The rain stopped long enough for me to get out today and plant it. Send me an e-mail and let me know how the box is doing. I live in Indiana and won’t be back home to Maine to check on it until next summer.