Hiking land trust treasures. Explore the best of Maine's Bold Coast. The lands we will explore are preserves of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. They are all fantastic pieces of land saved by the trust for our use. Today, we will narrow down the exercise choices for those who are still getting up before breakfast.
Enjoy a healthy breakfast prepared by chef our own special cook..
Western Head Preserve, managed by Maine Coast Heritage Trust, is a remarkably beautiful headland with rolling inland terrain and steep massive cliffs along the shore. This 247 acre parcel was once slated to become a 32 lot subdivision, instead was purchased by MCHT, to preserve this glacially sculpted treasure. There are a couple of hikes here that can be separated into shorter, less difficult terrain. There will be choices. Another choice for this morning will be the Bog Brook Preserve, a wonderful mist of beautiful cobble beaches, rocky headlands and blueberry fields. There are two separate parking lots here allowing us to access different areas of the preserve. Fall foliage is generally at peak in early October, so prepare yourself for a splendid color backdrop.
Enjoy a picnic lunch at one of the preserves or go back to the lodge to rest and regroup.
Hamilton Cove Preserve embodies the ruggerd character that give Maine's Bold Coast its name. the 1250 acre preserve provides opportunities to experience some of Main's most remote and wild terrains--cobble beaches, sheer cliffs and rocky promontories. There remains traces of an old mill, with a shipyard near Benny's Mountain.Extensive rocky and grassland barrens which encourage wildlife.Again, we can split up for differing abilities and interest. Also, we hope to explore Boot Head Preserve, known for its steep cliffs, ravines and cobble beaches. Along the exposed coastal headlands, spruce and fir trees are stunted by frequent salt spray and strong winds. An inland spruce-fir forest with areas of forested bog and cedar swamp dominates inland portions of the property. Coastal raised peatlands are uncommon worldwide. and in the U.S. are found only in Maine. They may be up to 9,000 years old and boast a lot of unusual plants. Again, with this piece of property, we will have choices for lengths and difficulty of the terrain.
Enjoy a DownEast Lobster Feast.