Located just east of the Greater Bangor Area, the Amherst Mountains Community Forest offers outdoor recreation experiences with a quiet, remote feel. Short hiking trails lead to scenic bluffs and secluded ponds.
The Beals Municipal Landing is used by up to 300 commercial boats at least once a year and more than 35 boats daily. It is a convenient point for fishermen to reach moored vessels and a place to load traps and gear to and from boats and vehicles. Fisheries landed include: lobsters, clams, mussels, scallops, worms, and periwinkles.
Synopsis: Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s 1,770-acre Bog Brook Cove Preserve is located in the heart of Washington County’s Bold Coast. The scenic preserve features a network of hiking trails, including a handicapped-accessible trail that leads to incredible views of Grand Manan.
Located in Ellsworth, the 239-acre Branch Lake Public Forest is part of a 1,164-acre conservation area that includes a 3.1-mile network of hiking trails and a hand carry boat launch site. Excellent fishing opportunities for salmon, togue, and bass.
Located in Edmunds Township, Commissary Point is a 200-acre unit within IF&W’s 2,000-acre Cobscook Bay Wildlife Management Area. Commissary Point’s diverse habitat supports a number of game species including deer and ruffed grouse.
Located in the town of Addison, the 283-acre Crowley Island Preserve features valuable habitat for numerous game species. Hunters, walkers, and cross-country skiers can explore an old woods road, while a nearby boat launch site provides kayak and boat access to the island’s wildlife-rich coastal wetlands.
Located in Goose Cove in the town of Tremont, Davis Wharf is a family-owned property that supports up to 12 commercial fishermen. LMF grant funds helped finance numerous wharf infrastructure improvements, including installing a large float and ramp to allow better access between tides.
Located in the town of Calais, this 319-acre municipal park features a 1.8-mile hiking trail to the 340-foot summit of Devil’s Head. The trail offers several scenic viewpoints of the Saint Croix River, and the nearby St. Croix International Historic Site.
The 55,578-acre Downeast Lakes Community Forest is a working landscape with seemingly endless opportunities for outdoor recreation. In the heart of a region famous for its fishing, visitors to this Downeast Lakes Land Trust property also enjoy hiking, hunting, snowmobiling, ATV riding, kayaking, remote camping, geocaching, and observing wildlife.
Located in northeastern Washington County, Grand Lake Stream is famous for its native land locked salmon. This world class fly fishing destination is also surrounded by more than 55,000 acres of community forest that welcomes hikers, hunters, snowmobilers, and other outdoor enthusiasts throughout the year.
Located in Orland, the 4,700-acre Wildlands Preserve features scenic mountain summits, secluded ponds, and sustainably managed forests. This preserve offers a wide range of year-round outdoor recreational opportunities including hiking, horseback riding, cross country skiing, mountain biking, hunting, snowmobiling, camping, and birdwatching.
Located on Beals Island, the Great Wass Bait & Lobster Co. facility offers a deep water access pier, ramp, floats, a buying station, a tidal lobster pound, fuel, bait and supplies. It is the most heavily used commercial fishing property on Beals Island and serves nearly 100 boats annually.
Synopsis: Located in Washington County, between Gouldsboro and Machias Bay, the Heads of Estuaries includes more than 3,000 acres of coastal conservation land available for birdwatching, hiking, hunting, wildlife observation, and other outdoor recreational activities.
Located in the town of Lubec, Horan Head is a 428-acre unit within IF&W’s 2,000-acre Cobscook Bay Wildlife Management Area that includes 6 miles of moderate trails and many opportunities to watch seals, waterfowl, ospreys, and eagles.
Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s 13-acre Indian Point Preserve is located on the Union River near downtown Ellsworth. The preserve offers a gentle 0.3-mile trail that winds through the
woods, over bog bridges, and down to a scenic point on the river.
Located in Addison, the Downeast Coastal Conservancy’s 145-acre Ingersoll Point Preserve features 3.5 miles of trails through mossy forests to scenic beaches. This coastal preserve is open for hiking, birdwatching, picnicking, hunting, and snowshoeing.
Located in Penobscot, 84-acre King Hill Farm is a diversified, organic family farm that grows a wide variety of produce, and raises beef, pork, chicken, and hens for eggs. The farm also takes pride in being an educational resource for school groups, colleges, apprentices, volunteers, friends, neighbors, and the community.
Located in Sullivan, the 318-acre Long Ledges Preserve offers a network of more than five miles of interconnected hiking trails. The paths wind through an upland forest containing a small pond, vernal pools, granite outcroppings, glacial erratic boulders and a small overgrown, historic granite quarry.
Located south of Swan’s Island, Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s 985-acre Marshall Island Preserve features miles of rugged hiking trails, remote campsites, and sandy beaches on one of the largest undeveloped islands on the eastern seaboard. A popular destination for boaters and experienced kayakers.
Located in Jonesport, the Moosabec Mussels property provides access for more than 10 mussel and mahogany clam boats that require a sturdy pier and deep water to berth at low tide. A processing and packing plant that employs more than a dozen people year round also occupies the site.
Located in the town of Lubec, Morong Cove offers hikers, snowshoe enthusiasts, and birdwatchers 3.3 miles of moderate trails with scenic views of Cobscook Bay and access to the shoreline. Portions of the trail wind through historic farm fields and past former homesteads.
This 48-acre Downeast Coastal Conservancy preserve is located in Lubec where a 0.4-mile long trail leads from the school, winds through a coastal marsh across boardwalk, and reaches an expansive sandy beach. Mowry Beach includes stunning views of Campobello Island, Grand Manan, and West Quoddy Head.
Located in northeastern Hancock County, Nicatous Lake is the centerpiece of a 20,268-acre conservation project that contains 34 miles of shoreline, seven remote ponds, and a large block of contiguous forest. It offers hiking, boating, camping, hunting, and fishing opportunities in a wild and remote setting.
This 275-acre Downeast Coastal Conservancy preserve in Steuben boasts a 1.6-mile network of moderate hiking trails on Washington County’s highest coastal summit. From the top of Pigeon Hill there are stunning scenes of islands, bays, and peninsulas.
Located in Lubec, this 128-acre Downeast Coastal Conservancy preserve offers a 1.5-mile network of trails featuring views of Cobscook Bay and ample opportunities for observing bald eagles, migratory songbirds, and other resident wildlife.
Located in Addison, Pleasant Bay is home to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife’s newest wildlife management area. The Pleasant Bay area provides extraordinary public recreational opportunities, including kayaking, canoeing, birdwatching, hiking, hunting, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
The Port Clyde Fishermen’s Cooperative wharf supports the lobstering activities of co-op members, and a portion of the property is also leased to a family-owned and operated bait processing facility that provides bait to fishermen throughout the area.
Located in Eastport, Quoddy Bay Lobster provides access for up to 10 lobster boats. A modest building on-site contains bait storage, a lobster tank for storage, offices, and a take-out food kitchen where locals and tourists can enjoy eating the freshly caught lobster and crabmeat.
Located in Sullivan, Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s 500-acre Schoodic Bog Preserve offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities from a 1.2-mile hiking trail that connects to nearby Schoodic Mountain, a peak with stunning 360-degree views of Frenchman Bay.
Located in Eastport, Shackford Head State Park features a 3.2-mile network of gentle hiking trails that lead to cobble beaches and scenic bluffs. The park is a great place to observe wildlife including, seals, bald eagles, songbirds, and migratory shorebirds.
Located in Perry, Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s 76-acre Sipp Bay Preserve features hiking trails that provide excellent coastal views and many opportunities for wildlife watching. Visitors can also use a hand-carry boat launch and take advantage of numerous scenic, shoreline picnic spots.
Located on the Canadian border in northern Washington County, Spednic Lake and the Upper Saint Croix River features traditional, backcountry recreational experiences in a near-wilderness environment for fishing, hunting, boating, camping and nature study.
Located in Hancock, Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s 4.2 acre Tidal Falls Preserve overlooks the Taunton River’s scenic, reversing falls. The property, open to the public for day use, includes a pavilion, tables, and two iron grills. Tidal Falls is an excellent place to picnic, observe wildlife, and photograph stunning coastal scenery.
Located in Edmunds Township on the shores of Cobscook Bay, this 1,520-acre working farm and woodlot features more than five miles of coastline, productive clam flats, and wildlife-rich wetlands. Portions of the property are available to the public for kayaking, picnicking, and hiking.
Located in the heart of Blue Hill Bay, Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Tinker Island Preserve offers picnicking, beachcombing, hunting, and camping in a remote setting. The preserve can be reached by boat or kayak.
Located in Lubec, the Wharf on Johnson’s Bay offers fishermen a full-service buying station for lobsters, crabs, clams, urchins, periwinkles, and scallops. Thirty-eight lobster and scallop boats and nearly 120 skiff fishermen sell their products to the Wharf. Its location outside of the Lubec Narrows allows for a safe approach and berthing for the unloading of vessels.
Located in Harrington, Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s Frank. E Woodworth Preserve includes 127 acres on Willard Point, at the end of Ripley Neck, 3-acre Hog Island, and two smaller islands. Visitors will find a 1.8-mile loop trail that leads through moss-carpeted woodlands, with many of the trees more than a century old.