The Boothbay Region is known for lobster, relaxation, fun shops, Maine lighthouses, the rocky coast, boat trips, kayaking, seals, osprey and puffins . . . to name a few! BUT, did you know that we have something for everyone including the active visitor who wants to explore nature? The Boothbay Land Trust boasts 30 miles of hiking on nearly 20 different trails that are open year round and are free of charge with donations welcomed. The trails are categorized as Easy, Moderate and Challenging and there are even a few island trails to explore! There’s even one right here on Ocean Point, The Ocean Point Preserve on Van Horn Road!
The Ocean Point Preserve is an easy hike with two trails to choose from. The “Norman Van Horn Trail” is a 0.9 mile loop or you can take the 0.2 mile “Golden Crowned Kinglet Trail”that leads to a relaxing bench in a wonderful wetland viewing location of Tibbett’s Pond.
A more challenging trail close to Ocean Point is the Linekin Preserve. About 3 miles of trails range from moderate to somewhat steep and challenging, but the views along Little River and at the Damariscotta River are well worth it. You’ll traverse through the hardwood forest and will encounter moss and ferns as well as wildlife that live in this protected habitat. There’s a beaver dam along the 0.7 mile blue loop and a vernal pool along the longer 1.75 mile white loop. View a Google map here or download the BBRLT Brochure here.
Linekin and Oven’s Mouth photos courtesy of Nate Stanley.
For the seasoned hiker, Oven’s Mouth Preserve, 2.4 miles, is one of the more challenging trails with several steep rocky ledges to navigate to reap the reward of the views of the Oven’s Mouth of the Cross River. There is Oven’s Mouth West and Oven’s Mouth East which are connected by a footbridge. View a Google Map here or download the BBRLT Brochure here.
For a lighter stroll, you can take a leisurely stroll on the Ocean Point Walk, sponsored by the Town of Boothbay, along the shore at Grimes Cove. It gives you a different perspective of Fisherman/Ram Island and White Island as you enjoy exploring the rocky coast.
Ocean Point Walk photos courtesy of Bev Tabet.
So whether you take the leisurely stroll or challenge yourself to hike all 20 of the Land Trust Preserves’ hidden treasures, you’re bound to make new memories to take home with you! Enjoy!