Posted on December 2, 2013 and last updated on July 25, 2020

Bijhouwer Forest Easement, Phippsburg


  • Preserve Size: 73 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~1.3 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Sights: one of the northernmost stand of mountain laurel, seasonal waterfalls, a huge bolder covered with leatherleaf lichen

There are no stunning ocean views here, but this land offers quite a few delights — a towering 100-foot rock, a waterfall, interesting fungi, small meadows, crisscrossing streams. The Phippsburg Land Trust says the 73 acres also shelter one of the northernmost stand of mountain laurel in New England. The laurel blooms in late June and early July. Once you reach the first meadow, look for signs for the mountain laurel (at the top of the field) or the waterfall (at the far end of the meadow).

Directions: Follow Route 209 into Phippsburg, if coming from out of town. At the Stony Brook Road, turn right (the Stony Brook Road is about 3.5 miles from the causeway at the Phippsburg/Bath town line). Devil’s Highway is a left hand turn about .6 miles from the start of the Stony Brook Road. The left turn comes at a sharp turn. If you’ve come to the Fuller Mountain Road, a similar left hand turn, you’ve gone too far. The parking area is on the left. There is a small PLT sign in the parking area.

One comment to “Bijhouwer Forest Easement, Phippsburg”
One comment to “Bijhouwer Forest Easement, Phippsburg”
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