QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 1,500 acres
- Trail Mileage: ~6.5 miles in network
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy with a few steep sections
- Sights: ocean views, blueberry fields, small pond, knolls with views, gravel and cobble beaches
You can go for a long walk at this Maine Coast Heritage Trust preserve. All together, there’s more than six miles of trails here — all of them well maintained. If you walk from Norse Pond to Moose Cove — after, of course, checking out the pond and the stony beach — you’ll cross a brook and then skirt fields along a mown path. The path goes around a little rocky knoll. While there is no formal path to the top, I found the barest of paths scratched out that will take you up the knoll to an open ledge with lovely views.
Besides this preserve’s two main parking lots off of Boot Cove Road, there is a small parking lot off the private road that connects the two sections of the preserve which is not shown on the map. The private road passes open blueberry fields.
Over on Moose Cove, the first summit you’re invited to climb up doesn’t have terribly fantastic views. But the ridge trail offers a ridge with glorious views. If you don’t have great knees, you can bypass the ridge and continue on the wooded path to a little spot along the sea.
Speaking of knees, the trails down to the shore at both ends of the preserve are somewhat steep. Other than that, the trails are fairly flat, with a bit of gentle ups and downs. There is even a section at Moose Cove that is wheelchair accessible (the first ¼-mile to a pebbly beach and little cove).
Directions: If you want to start at Norse Pond, in Cutler, drive 18.5 miles on Route 191 from the junction of Route 1 and 191 in East Machias. It’s about five miles from Cutler Village. The Moose Cove parking lot in Trescott is just a little ways up (down?) along Route 191 from the Norse Pond lot. Turn onto Moose River Road and continue 1.1 miles. The road begins as pavement, but is mostly gravel. Go straight at an intersection with Bog Brook Road. Moose River Road ends at the parking area.