QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 50 acres
- Trail Mileage: 1.5 miles in network
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: Sustainable woodlot, mossy benches
It is hard to tire of the mossy woods of coastal downeast Maine! This 50-acre preserve, which includes a sustainably managed woodlot, has wide, easy, moss-covered trails that meander through forests filled with mushrooms (in season). In the less managed areas, you’ll find lots of “moss gardens,” with blankets of fluffy, green moss sprouts and patches of crinkly white lichen.
A long time ago, it seems, someone placed simple wooden benches at many of the trail intersections—which are all numbered and correspond to a paper map available at the trailhead to help keep you from getting lost. These benches are now mouldering and turning green in a picturesquely decaying way.
Just a warning: I found that the most distant trails a bit hard to follow at times, and a few places were very wet.
Directions: From Route 1 in Hancock, take Mud Creek Road south into Lamoine. After 2.9 miles, take a left at the intersection with Route 204. Next, travel another 3.2 miles and turn left onto Seal Point Road. The trailhead is approximately 1.5 miles from the intersection with Route 204. Parking along the roadside is limited to 3 vehicles.