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 (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.
COBSCOOK TRAILS, an informative map of Cobscook Bay and Bold Coast, Maine hikes is now available online! Paper copies of the map are available for free at businesses around the region as well as the Cobscook Trails Partner offices. Partners are Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Downeast Coastal Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Department of Conservation: Parks and Lands, and the U.S. Department of the Interior: Fish and Wildlife Service.
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 Trails In This Area:
Trails in Moosehorn National Wildlife refuge
Trail maps available at the Baring office and at trailheads during the summer.
Many local trails can be found on the Maine Trail Finder.
Downeast Coastal Conservancy (conserved lands and events) and Maine Coast Heritage Trust (Treat Island, Hamilton Cove, Bog Brook Cove preserves , Pike Lands , Klondike Mountain , and field trips) have guided hikes and field trips on their properties throughout the year. They also provide volunteer opportunities to work on trail development and maintenance.