Sitting on the edge of the White Mountain Wilderness in Maine, Blueberry Mountain (1,781’) is a wonderful destination for a day trip from the Portland region. While not the biggest mountain in the area, Blueberry Mountain has an excellent lookout point to see some of the more impressive mountains of New England.
What Makes It Great
True to its name, one of the best things about Blueberry Mountain is the plethora of blueberry bushes adorning its peak. The best time to grab some famous wild Maine blueberries here is late July through August. Be aware of other berries and know for sure you have blueberries before eating any.
If you can pull yourself away from the blueberries, open ledges along one side of the peak provide excellent views of some of the higher mountains gracing the Maine and New Hampshire border. Mount Washington may also be spotted on a clear day. If you are not into blueberries, a fall hike here provides a vantage point for witnessing some of the most spectacular fall foliage in the country.
Lastly, the best part of a hike up Blueberry Mountain is a stop at Rattlesnake Pool for a quick dip to help you cool off on the way back down. A small cascading waterfall here fills a deep pool with cool and clear mountain water. The water flows into several smaller pools making it a fun area to explore, but watch out for slippery rocks. Rattlesnake Pool also acts as a good spot to refill water if necessary.
Who is Going to Love It
Fans of wild Maine blueberries or people who are searching for great swimming holes will love the hike up Blueberry Mountain and the quick side trail over to Rattlesnake Pool. The shorter distance and great views make this a great family hike as well.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
There are a few different trails that lead to Blueberry Mountain’s peak. However, in order to be rewarded with Rattlesnake Pool, you will need to use the Stone House Trail, located off Stone House Road. Stone House Road branches off to the right of Route 113 not long after the road dips into New Hampshire. Drive time from Portland is about an hour and 45 minutes.
Take Stone House Road all the way to the metal gate and park in the provided parking area. Be aware that the first part of the hike is on private property. Walk past the gate and down the road a half mile to the Stone House Trail which extends a further 1.5 miles to the top of Blueberry Mountain. You will pass the Rattlesnake Gorge and Rattlesnake Pool along the way. When you have reached the top, follow the Overlook loop trail a short way to scenic views of the White Mountains.
The trail is best hiked in the daytime during the spring, summer, and fall. Late summer provides wild blueberries and the heat to make Rattlesnake Pool a refreshing dip. In the fall, it is an excellent spot to see the colorful New England leaves. Dogs are allowed on the trail.