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.
Located in Owls Head, this 47-acre island features shoreline vistas, picnic spots, and opportunities to observe resident wildlife.
This 36-acre preserve in Somesville features meadows, salt marsh, and a small wooded area that attracts wildlife throughout the year.
Bagaduce River Region
This scenic tidal river and its surrounding landscape, known for its diverse wildlife habitat, is home to many conserved lands, including nine MCHT Preserves.
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 in Lubec features moss-lined paths to coastal bogs, cobble beaches and rocky promontories that offer stunning views of Maine’s Bold Coast.
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 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.
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.
In Brooklin, Harriman Point’s beaches boast spectacular views across Blue Hill Bay to Mount Desert Island. Welcome to Blue Hill Peninsula’s largest continuous stretch of coastline open to the public.
This 72-acre preserve abuts Acadia National Park’s Isle au Haut section and features secluded hiking trails and breathtaking scenery.
Located on Vinalhaven, the Huber Preserve features a wildflower-lined hiking trail that leads to a picturesque shoreline with pleasant views of Seal Bay.
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.
With a rich history, this scenic point in Machiasport boasts incredible natural beauty with sweeping views to the islands of outer Machias Bay.
Malaga Island, part of Phippsburg, was once home to a mixed-race community forcibly removed by the state. Today, it is a public preserve welcoming visitors to explore its extraordinary history and natural beauty.
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.
This 78-acre island Merchant Row island preserve features stunning coastal scenery for daytime and overnight visitors alike.
Located in a northern corner of Cobscook Bay in the town of Perry, this coastal preserve features stunning views and ample wildlife viewing opportunities.
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.