Posted on August 14, 2023 and last updated on August 16, 2023

Birch Islands Preserve, Edmunds Township


  • Preserve Size: Not sure
  • Trail Mileage: ~0.5 miles in trail system
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: Birch Islands, Whiting Bay, field

Birch Islands Preserve has the winning Cobscook Shores combination of glorious shore frontage on Whiting Bay with an open meadow and picnic tables. The short trails loop through the woods and across the field to a rocky ledge looking across the bay and the Birch Islands. The small protected islands are part of Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, along with a few others nearby.

The trails are not marked (and we found in places they were overgrown) but it’s hard to get lost in the small preserve! From the parking area to the shore it’s about 0.2 miles.

Directions: The park entry is off South Edmunds Road and is shared with a private residence, and so looks like a dirt driveway. Drive slowly past the house and you’ll reach the parking lot in 200 yards. The drive is marked with a blue Cobscook Shores sign.

Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!