Segerstrom Preserve at Squam Creek, Westport Island

Walking on this Kennebec Estuary Land Trust preserve can give you a sense of walking back through time. The property was one of the first settled on Westport Island, around 1740 by Timothy Dunton and his family. The southern part of the property was settled by the Hodgdon family shortly after, according to the land trust. There are two old cemeteries and four old house foundations to explore. The tidal inlet side of the preserve is beautiful.

Directions: From Route 1, turn onto Route 144 in Wiscasset toward Westport Island. After 1 mile turn left to stay on 144 (Birch Point Road) and after another mile turn right to stay on 144. Cross the bridge onto the island, and follow the for 6.5 miles. Then turn right onto West Shore Road. Follow across the causeway and up the hill, and the parking lot is on the left.

Clough Point, Westport Island

A little but gorgeous park at the north end of Westport Island, Clough Point offers a short dog walk or picnicking spot (there are lots of artfully placed picnic tables perched over pretty ledges for some beautiful dinners at dusk). Two very short trails are wheelchair accessible, and come out at scenic points. The preserve also offers granite benches for taking in the views of Wiscasset. The trails mostly hug the water and come to about 0.75 miles.

Directions: To get there, take Westport Bridge Road to North End Road, and drive close to the end. Parking on left. There are three parking spaces — one of them is handicap parking only.


Bonyun Preserve, Westport Island

This is a beautiful, out-of-the-way trail managed by the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust. The land was donated by the Bonyuns, whom the trust describes as “beloved folklorists who pioneered the concept of folk songs as living history, and sang folk and maritime songs in the classrooms and concert halls of America.” 

Starting from the parking lot, a wide, easy 0.3-mile trail takes you to the first intersection. If you don’t want to hike the whole trail system, I highly recommend turning right to walk up along the tidal creek and then back down it to the point of Mill Cove. Here you can sit on wide slabs of rock along the shore, under some spindly pitch pine. The trail around the peninsula gets a little rooty and rocky, but is mainly flat. The loop (it is 1.2 miles) continues over to Thomas Cove. Also, along the way to the point on Mill Cove, you will pass the remains of an old sawmill/gristmill, Heal’s Lower Mill. The land trust has put up panels with old photos, and it is very interesting to walk out along the spit of land here.

From the parking lot to both these coves and back again, the walk is roughly 2.8 miles.

A newer part of the preserve is accessed via Junction Trail, which takes you down a beautiful inlet to a view where you can check out another panel with historical information and old photographs. Crossing Junction Road, you can head off into the woods for a roughly 1-mile walk. I believe more trails will be added to this preserve in the future.

Directions: From Route 1, take Route 144 south 10 miles to second intersection with West Shore Road. Turn Right, go .25 miles to parking lot and kiosk on left. There is space roughly for three to four cars in the small lot.