This 31 acre property features a one-mile lollipop trail that offers views of 3,000 feet of frontage on the Union River, mature forestland, and a stretch of the scenic Whittaker Brook, as well as a field that contains a small cemetery and a large, fenced-in garden.
Located near the heart of Maine’s fastest growing city, Jordan Homestead is one of Ellsworth’s few remaining intact parcels with significant river frontage. The Jordan Homestead Preserve was previously owned by the Jordan family for more than 200 years before it was acquired by Frenchman Bay Conservancy in 2017. From the trailhead, visitors can view the centuries-old cemetery and heritage garden.
The trail begins in the field and then enters the woods. To the left of the trail in the fields, visitors can view a historic family cemetery and heritage garden. Once within the woods, the loop portion of the trail begins at a fork. To the right, the trail passes Whittaker Brook and winds down to the Union River, before looping back around. The winding trail traverses bog bridging, stone staircases, and a wooden bridge, with a peaceful and secluded feel.
Constructed in the summer of 2019 by Frenchman Bay Conservancy staff, volunteers, and a crew from the Maine Conservation Corps, the trail is designed to be open and inviting. Deer, bald eagles, and osprey are all commonly spotted here.
Jordan Homestead is located on Bayside Road in Ellsworth, between Lundin Way and Pioneer Farm Way. If coming from downtown Ellsworth, you will see the preserve sign and preserve parking lot on your right.