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Preserves great for hiking

Maine Coast Heritage Trust offers 80+ miles of trail. That’s almost half as many as the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands! Here are preserves that offer at least a mile of trail—and in some cases several more.

Basin Preserve

Jointly owned and managed by MCHT and Vinalhaven Land Trust, The Basin Preserve surrounds a wildlife-rich embayment on Vinalhaven’s eastern shore.

Bog Brook Cove

Bog Brook Cove in Cutler and Trescott features gravel and cobble beaches, breathtaking views of the Bold Coast, a universally-accessible trail, and abundant wildlife viewing opportunities.

Boot Head

Boot Head in Lubec features moss-lined paths to coastal bogs, cobble beaches and rocky promontories that offer stunning views of Maine’s Bold Coast.

Erickson Fields

This former Rockport dairy farm features a 1.4-mile trail and gardens where young people grow food for the community.

Frank E. Woodworth

Off the beaten path, the Woodworth Preserve features lush evergreen forests and picturesque coastal scenery in the heart of Pleasant Bay.

Frenchboro

Frenchboro offers challenging hiking trails that begin near Lunt Harbor’s working waterfront and lead to dramatic rocky bluffs, remote beaches, and stunning views of Mount Desert Island.

Hamilton Cove

This 1,225-acre preserve in Lubec provides people of all ages opportunities to experience a rugged coastal landscape of cobble beaches, sheer cliffs, and rocky promontories.

Head Harbor

This 72-acre preserve abuts Acadia National Park’s Isle au Haut section and features secluded hiking trails and breathtaking scenery.

Kittredge Brook Forest

In the center of Mount Desert Island, this expansive preserve is within a 2,000-acre block of protected land teeming with wildlife.

Marshall Island

Ed Woodsum Preserve encompasses all of 985-acre Marshall Island, one of the largest undeveloped islands on America’s eastern seaboard and home to remote campsites, rugged trails, and picturesque sand beaches.

Saddleback Island

This 78-acre island Merchant Row island preserve features stunning coastal scenery for daytime and overnight visitors alike.

Sipp Bay

Located in a northern corner of Cobscook Bay in the town of Perry, this coastal preserve features stunning views and ample wildlife viewing opportunities. 

Treat Island

Located between Eastport and Lubec in the deep waters of Passamaquoddy and Cobscook bays, Treat Island has a rich history and abounds in natural beauty.

Photo by Jerry Monkman

Witherle Woods

Located in Castine, Witherle Woods has a rich military history, offers pleasant views of Penobscot Bay, and features groomed cross-country skiing trails in the winter.

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