Posted on August 13, 2018 and last updated on August 13, 2018

Broad Cove Reserve, Cumberland

QUICK TRAIL FACTS

  • Preserve Size: 104 acres
  • Trail Mileage:
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Sights: sandy beach, dock, meadows, woods

The main attraction here is a thin, sandy beach edges with marine grasses, but there are also walking paths here. To access the beach and the trails, you must park at the only allowed parking area at the top of the beach-access road, which is officially called Beach Drive, I believe, but does not appear like that in my map apps (it’s called Town Landing Road or nothing at all).

In the summer months, a town shuttle ferries beach goers down the fairly steep drive to the beach, which is protected by the Chebeague Island and Cumberland Land Trust. You can also walk down to the shore via a gravel path, which is wheelchair doable, but again it’s steep. Off to the right of this path are two walking paths that make small loops in the woods and back to the parking lot.

At the bottom of the beach-access road, going off to the right is a short mown loop that takes you through a delightful field. 

You can also walk along the beach itself for a short ways until you reach a side informing beach goers they’ve come to the end of town property. Sadly, I saw a decomposing harbor seal on the beach the day I visited.

Directions: The property is located in Cumberland Foreside on the east side of Route 88 near the intersection with Tuttle Road.  A parking lot is located on the right side of Beach Drive just beyond the entrance.

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