Hiking and Walking Trails in the Lubec, Maine Area
Outdoor Activities: Hiking
Lubec’s peaceful, rural / coastal area with a dispersed population and little traffic provide the casual walker and serious hiker with spectacular scenic trails.
The variety of trails include steep, windswept coastal headlands, tidal flats, coastal islands, preserved peat bogs, beaches at low tide, boreal and northern hardwood forests, grasslands and meadows.
For an unforgettable walking or hiking experience come and enjoy the tranquility and outstanding natural beauty in such abundance in our area.
Hiking opportunities abound in this area. Varied terrain and habitats can lead an intrepid explorer along high, bold cliffs or through moss-covered forests in which one expects to see a gnome pop its head out from behind a tree any moment.
There are several boardwalks through raised coastal bogs with informational signs during the summer season. This habitat exists only in a very small slice of the U.S., and coastal Lubec can boast several of these fascinating and fragile ecosystems. Soils are thin, weather can be extreme, and very changeable. Tides and currents are impressive and formidable, so be careful, be prepared, tread gently on the land, and enjoy! There are choices for hikes that are long or short, meandering to challenging - all within a short drive from Lubec.
The best hiking resource is a local publication called Cobscook Trails with descriptions, directions, maps and general hiking information. The booklet is available from Northern Tides, West Quoddy Gifts, Whiting Store, Downeast Coastal Conservancy office and other spots. It is also available online (see Cobscook Trails below).
Pathfinders is a volunteer group that organizes free walks in a different spot throughout the area every Sunday afternoon. Information can be obtained from the Cobscook Community Learning Center.
Links to Hiking In This Area:
This "hikers' bible" booklet will guide you around a score of picturesque seaside and woodland trails within 21 locations in the Cobscook Bay and Bold Coast area of eastern Washington County, Maine, through the use of maps, trail descriptions, and how-to-get-there information. Accompanying photos and text make for easy and enjoyable reading.
Included about each site are Highlights (including length and difficulty of trails), Nature Highlights, Ownership, How to Get There, and a small topographical map.
In addition, the guide includes a descriptive overview of both Cobscook Bay and the Bold Coast, along with checklists on "Trail Stewardship" and "How You Can Help," and an overall map of the area.
Pick up your copy of the Cobscook Trails Guide from an area business during your visit. It is currently sold out at the DownEast Coastal Conservancy website. An online resource that has some of the trails from the guide book is Maine Trail Finder.
Cobscook Hikes and Paddles
Cobscook Hikes and Paddles - Offers sea kayaking, lake kayaking, and canoeing on the waters of Passamaquoddy and Cobscook Bay or on the nearby freshwater lakes. Bird watching. Hike the rocky coast and inland trails led by Registered Maine Guides, Steve and Tessa Ftorek. Located in Eastport, Maine, 207-726-4776.