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Outdoor Handbook

The Outdoor Handbook will link you to trails throughout our area. You’ll also find information on public landings, beaches and parks—all the things you need to thoroughly enjoy all the natural wonders of coastal Maine.

Hiking & Walking Trails

Hiking & Walking Trails
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Blue Hill

Blue Hill Mountain

www.bluehillheritagetrust.org/blue-hill-mountain/

The mountain is 934 feet high and provides views of the surrounding area, from the Camden Hills to Acadia National Park. Two trails start on the Mountain Rd. and end at the summit. The Osgood Trail (0.9 miles), on Blue Hill Heritage Trust property, provides a more leisurely hike up through the forest. The Hayes Trail (0.7 miles) starts in the large field owned by the Town of Blue Hill and heads up a steep rock staircase. The least steep but longest path up the mountain is the radio tower access road (0.7 miles) which departs from the Hayes trail at the top of the field.

    Features:
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • Maintained by Blue Hill Heritage Trust
  • No fires

In Blue Hill, take Rte. 15 north to Mountain Rd. Follow Mountain Rd. to top of the hill and park.
Mountain Road, Blue Hill, ME


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Blue Hill Post Office trail

www.bluehillheritagetrust.org/

This trail is on private property but a public right of way is maintained by Blue Hill Heritage Trust. This lovely 0.5-mile trail crosses through an old apple orchard and into a cool, damp, old forest. The public trail right of way ends 0.5 miles from the starting point, though an old wood road continues across private property north to the Mountain Rd. (and ultimately to the top of Blue Hill mountain).

    Features:
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • Maintained by Blue Hill Heritage Trust
  • No fires

The trail starts at the back of the Blue Hill Post Office parking lot (look for stone steps) and goes behind the large EBS storage building.
104 Main Street, Blue Hill, ME


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Herrick Memorial Landing and Peters Brook trail

www.bluehillheritagetrust.org/peters-brook-trail-and-peters-cove/

This trail crosses privately owned land, protected by conservation easements. Public access is made possible by the generosity of the landowner. Please stay on marked trails. Shore access, picnicking.

    Features:
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • Maintained by Blue Hill Heritage Trust
  • No fires

Peter’s Cove and Peter’s Brook Trail, Rte. 172 to East Blue Hill Rd., then 0.6 mile; parking on roadside.
East Blue Hill Road, Blue Hill, ME


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Kingdom Woods Conservation Area

www.bluehillheritagetrust.org/kingdom-woods-conservation-area/

878 acres of protected wetland and forest and provides access to undeveloped Fourth Pond. The main trail head is 1 mile from Rte. 177 on the south side of the Kingdom Rd. A half mile further down the Kingdom Rd. a second parking area marks the start of a family-friendly, flat nature trail loop (0.5 mile). Seasonal activities include blueberry picking and hunting (with permission).

    Features:
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • Maintained by Blue Hill Heritage Trust
  • No fires

The main trail head is 1 mile from Rte. 177 on the south side of the Kingdom Rd.
Kingdom Road, Blue Hill, ME


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South Street to Parker Point Road trail

www.bluehillheritagetrust.org/south-street-to-parker-point-trail/

This trail is on private property but a public right of way is maintained by Blue Hill Heritage Trust. The 0.5 mile trail heads uphill to South St., ending just to the south of the Mainescape Store.

    Features:
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • Maintained by Blue Hill Heritage Trust
  • No fires

Start at the water fountain parking lot on Parker Point Rd., Blue Hill.
Parker Point Road, Blue Hill, ME


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Brooksville

Holbrook Island Sanctuary

www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/index.pl

System of 9 trails on both sides of Falls Rd., 0.7 to 2 miles, from beginner to strenuous, encompassing beach, mud flats, rocky coast, mixed woodlands, wetlands, meadows; abundant wildlife. Trail maps are available in the park, just look around.

    Features:
  • Foot traffic only
  • No fires

From Blue Hill, Rte. 15 to Rte. 175, then left on Rte. 176; follow brown signs.
Falls Road, Blue Hill, ME


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Ferry Landing Natural Area

www.theconservationtrust.net/?page_id=24

23 acres of fields and woods on Bagaduce River across from North Castine, 650 feet of shore , 1 mile round-trip, moderate, some steep. Kayak launch for the river and Penobscot Bay.

    Features:
  • Conservation Trust of Brooksville, Castine and Penobscot.
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • No fires

From North Brooksville, west on Rte. 176, 3 miles to West Brooksville, turn right on Ferry Rd.
Ferry Road, Brooksville, ME


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John B. Mountain

www.bluehillheritagetrust.org/john-b-mountain/

A 1.2 mile trail begins at a small parking lot (more parking .25 miles north). A 0.75 mile loop brings you to the top of this short mountain (250 ft) where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Eggemoggin Reach, Blue Hill Mountain and the Camden Hills.

    Features:
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • Maintained by Blue Hill Heritage Trust
  • No fires

Off Breezemere Road in Brooksville, located 0.8 miles from Rte. 176.
Breezemere Road, Brooksville, ME


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Maude and Eugene Snow Natural Area

www.theconservationtrust.net/?page_id=31

Forty acres, 2,550 feet of shorefront on the Bagaduce River and 2.25 miles of trails; moderate. Likely to see seals and eagles.

    Features:
  • Conservation Trust of Brooksville, Castine and Penobscot.
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • No fires

Head south on Rte. 175/176 from North Brooksville, turn right at stop sign on Rte. 176; go 0.25 mile then turn right onto Young’s Point Rd. When road forks, bear right; parking is on the right.
Young's Point Road, Brooksville, ME


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Castine

Frank Wiswall Natural Area

www.theconservationtrust.net/?page_id=43

30 acres, beaver dam and lodge in Dunc’s Meadow pond.

    Features:
  • Conservation Trust of Brooksville, Castine and Penobscot.
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • No fires

Rte. 166, 0.5 mile north of intersection of Rte. 199.
Route 166, Castine, ME


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Hatch Cove Preserve

www.theconservationtrust.net/?page_id=16

Rolling fields to Hatch Cove, easy; high rating in Maine’s Penobscot Bay Scenic Inventory.

    Features:
  • Conservation Trust of Brooksville, Castine and Penobscot.
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • No fires

Fields, both sides of Rte. 166 just north of the British Canal before reaching Castine village.
Castine Road, Castine, ME


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Starr and Virginia Lampson Preserve

www.mcht.org/preserves/lampson-preserve.shtml

One-mile trail, views of Bagaduce River, woods, fields, shore access; easy.

    Features:
  • Foot traffic only
  • No fires

Rte. 199, just before the intersection with Rte. 166.
Dunbar Road, Castine, ME


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Witherle Woods Preserve

www.mcht.org/preserves/witherle-woods.shtml

132 acres of old-growth woods, beginner to moderate. Trails first used as artillery roads by the British during the Revolutionary War and in the War of 1812.

    Features:
  • Foot traffic only
  • No fires

Rte. 166 from Penobscot, right on Battle Ave. to near end of road.
Battle Avenue, Castine, ME


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Deer Isle

Edgar M. Tennis Preserve

www.islandheritagetrust.org/visit.html

Easy to moderate with some uneven terrain; 3 miles of trails. Shore access; historic cemetery, wildlife including ospreys, eagles and occasional seals on Toothacher Ledge.

    Features:
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • Maintained by Island Heritage Trust
  • No fires

Rte. 15 to Sunshine Rd. near Deer Isle village, 2.5 miles to Tennis Rd. on right.
Tennis Road, Deer Isle, ME


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Mariners Memorial Park

Easy, 0.5 mile. Shore access; kayak launch; picnic area.

    Features:
  • Dogs allowed in selected areas
  • Foot traffic only
  • No fires

Rte. 15 to Sunshine Rd. south of Deer Isle village, then turn right off Sunshine Rd. at Morey Farm Rd., follow signs.
Fire Road 506A, Deer Isle, ME


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Shore Acres Preserve

www.islandheritagetrust.org/visit.html

Moderate, 1.5 mile loop, uneven terrain through woods and along shore. Spectacular views of Greenlaw Cove and Campbell Island.

    Features:
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • Maintained by Island Heritage Trust
  • No fires

Rte. 15 to Sunshine Rd. south of Deer Isle village; travel Sunshine Rd. for 1.2 miles, bear left onto Greenlaw District Rd., then 0.9 mile to parking area.
Greenlaw District Road, Deer Isle, ME


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Scott’s Landing

www.islandheritagetrust.org/visit.html

Twenty acres of fields, scenic vistas and shorefront, easy trails.

    Features:
  • Foot traffic only
  • Maintained by Island Heritage Trust
  • No fires

Rte. 15 just after the causeway, across from Causeway Beach.
North Deer Isle Road, Little Deer Isle, ME


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Little Deer Isle

Bowcat Overlook

www.islandheritagetrust.org/visit.html

One-acre shore parcel, with access to Carney Island and with plaque highlighting connection between this point and Robert McCloskey’s book _Time of Wonder_.

    Features:
  • Foot traffic only
  • Maintained by Island Heritage Trust
  • No fires

Just before the causeway, as you come on the Island.
North Deer Isle Road, Little Deer Isle, ME


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Pine Hill

www.islandheritagetrust.org/visit.html

Strenuous and steep, but a wonderful view of the Reach and causeway.

    Features:
  • Foot traffic only
  • Maintained by Island Heritage Trust
  • No fires

After you come over the bridge onto the Island, turn right at information center, then left at Blastow Cove Rd., continue 0.2 miles to parking on right.
Blastow Cove Road, Little Deer Isle, ME


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Penobscot

Rene Henderson Natural Area

www.theconservationtrust.net/?page_id=22

Ninety acres including pond, wetlands, mixed woodlands. There are two trails; Eagle Trail (pink markers) and Garden Club Trail (orange markers). The Eagle Trail is U-shaped and takes about an hour to hike, can be wet. The Garden Club Trail is a half-hour walk through the center of the park; avoids wetlands.

    Features:
  • Conservation Trust of Brooksville, Castine and Penobscot.
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • No fires

East side of Rte. 166A, 0.7 mile north of intersection with Rte. 166.
Cranberry Lane, Penobscot, ME


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Sherm Perkins Park

www.theconservationtrust.net/?page_id=42

Grab a sandwich and enjoy it in this 1-acre park on the shore of Northern Bay. Wild flowers; bird-watching.

    Features:
  • Conservation Trust of Brooksville, Castine and Penobscot.
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • No fires

Rte. 175/199 in Penobscot village, just west of Bayview Take-out & Market.
Gray Ridge Road, Penobscot, ME


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Virginia Weinland Nature Study Area

www.theconservationtrust.net/?page_id=28

Loop trail is 1.5 miles through more than 40 acres of mixed woodlands, brook, wetlands, granite outcroppings.

    Features:
  • Conservation Trust of Brooksville, Castine and Penobscot.
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • No fires

South side of Rte. 175/Gray Ridge Rd. in South Penobscot, 1 mile south of intersection of Rtes. 175 and 177.
Gray Ridge Road, Penobscot, ME


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Sedgwick

Cooper Farm trail

www.bluehillheritagetrust.org/cooper-farm-at-caterpillar-hill/

One-mile loop through woods and blueberry barrens, two cut-off trails; moderate with some uneven terrain; moderate uphill climb. Bog bridges and mossy trails. (You can pick blueberries here in season).

    Features:
  • Blueberry picking
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • Maintained by Blue Hill Heritage Trust
  • No fires

Off Rte. 15, Caterpillar Hill. Take Cooper Farm Rd. to small parking lot on right.
Cooper Farm Road, Sedgwick, ME


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Rocky Ridge Fitness Trail

Graveled and graded trail includes 10 to 12 fitness stations in woods; 0.75 mile. Check in at school office when school is in session.

    Features:
  • Foot traffic only
  • No fires

At elementary school on Rte. 15.
272 Snow's Cove Road, Sedgwick, ME


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Salt Pond Access Trail

www.bluehillheritagetrust.org/salt-pond-access/

Walk 500 feet across an open field to the pond, called “salt” because it is tidal.

    Features:
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • No fires

Take Rte. 15 south from Blue Hill village, turn left at blinking light onto Rte. 172, travel 10 miles to Hales Hill Rd. on left; 0.1 mile down Hales Hill Rd; park on road shoulder.
Hales Hill Road, Sedgwick, ME


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Snow’s Cove Preserve Trail

www.bluehillheritagetrust.org/snows-cove/

Parking area, 1.5 miles of trail including loop along Bagaduce River, horseshoe crab shells can be found.

    Features:
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • Maintained by Blue Hill Heritage Trust
  • No fires

Down the hill from the Elementary School on Rte. 15, 500 ft. north of the school entrance.
272 Snow's Cove Road, Sedgwick, ME


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Stonington

Crockett Cove Woods

www.islandheritagetrust.org/visit.html

Easy/moderate, 2 miles round-trip; self-guided trail in spruce forest and bog.

    Features:
  • Foot traffic only
  • No fires

Rte. 15A from Deer Isle village, continue to 3 miles beyond Sunset Post Office, turn right onto Whitman Rd., then right onto Fire Rd. 88 to trailhead.
Whitman Road, Stonington, ME


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Holt Mill Pond Preserve

Easy, 0.5 mile. Salt marsh and estuarine habitats. Salt marsh and estuarine habitats

    Features:
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • No fires

Rte. 15 to Airport Rd. in Stonington, access road just west of medical center.
Airport Road, Stonington, ME


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Settlement Quarry

www.islandheritagetrust.org/visit.html

Short trails and old quarry roads through former granite quarry, 2 miles total. Informational signs describe granite quarrying and geology of area. A view of Isle au Haut, Merchant’s Row and Webb Cove is visible from the top of the quarry.

    Features:
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • Maintained by Island Heritage Trust
  • No fires

Rte. 15 to Oceanville Rd., then 0.9 mile on the right.
Oceanville Road, Stonington, ME


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Surry

Carter Nature Preserve

www.bluehillheritagetrust.org/carter-nature-preserve/

Shore access. Moderate, 0.7 miles, excellent for all ages and provides access to a rocky beach, tide pools and quiet secluded forest. Dogs allowed on beach only.

    Features:
  • Dogs allowed in selected areas
  • Foot traffic only
  • Maintained by Blue Hill Heritage Trust
  • No fires

From Blue Hill, take scenic route along Rte. 176/Morgan Bay Rd. to Cross Rd. Parking is near the Cross Rd. bridge.
Cross Road Parking, Surry, ME


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Furth Wildlife Sanctuary

www.bluehillheritagetrust.org/furth-wildlife-sanctuary-and-talalay-nature-sanctuary/

Bear left at the trail intersection to start the 1-mile trail that forms a lollipop loop that crosses through active beaver habitat and young forest. Several small bridges, dips and curves in the trail and the mossy forest make this trail fun for children.

    Features:
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • Maintained by Blue Hill Heritage Trust
  • No fires

On the Cross rd. Park on the side of the road.
Cross Road Trail Head, Surry, ME


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Osgood Lot

1-mile loop through woods; easy/moderate, some uneven terrain.

    Features:
  • Foot traffic only
  • No fires

From Rte. 172 toward Ellsworth, turn left on North Bend Rd. Travel 0.25 miles to the town hall and park; look for sign behind town hall marking the start.
North Bend Road, Surry, ME


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Patten Stream

www.bluehillheritagetrust.org/patten-stream/

A trail begins at the small gravel pit at the end of the dirt road. The 1.5 mile loop winds close to Patten Stream and is graced by wildflowers and song birds.

    Features:
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • Maintained by Blue Hill Heritage Trust
  • No fires

Located at the end of Warren Ln. (off Rte. 172)
Warren Lane, Surry, ME


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Talalay Nature Sanctuary

www.bluehillheritagetrust.org/furth-wildlife-sanctuary-and-talalay-nature-sanctuary/

Bear right at the trail intersection to head around a 1-mile loop that winds through mossy, old growth forest and white cedar swamp. This trail is full of excellent bird habitats; bring your binoculars.

    Features:
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Foot traffic only
  • Maintained by Blue Hill Heritage Trust
  • No fires

On the Cross Rd. Trail head the same as for the Furth Wildlife Sanctuary. 0.5 miles from the road.
Cross Road Trail Head, Surry, ME


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