QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 120 acres
- Trail Mileage: ~ 2 miles, including drive
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: fort ruins, pier, Penobscot River, lighthouse
There aren’t many walking trails at this 120-acre park, but you can make a fairly lengthy trek if you walk down the park access road, around the point, and back along Lighthouse Road, which is a pretty residential lane. In the park, there’s a beautiful pier that extends out into the Penobscot River (bay?) that you can walk out on, and a lovely lighthouse and old bell. It is wheelchair accessible.
The fort is named for Fort Pownall, which was established here in 1759. You can walk around the fort’s stone ruins (they’re just collapsed stone walls, really). Gen. Samuel Waldo (for whom Waldo County and Waldoboro are named) is also buried here. More info here.
Directions: Turn onto W Main Street from Route 1 in Stockton Springs. Then turn down Cape Jellison Road, which makes a loop around the point. You can access the park from the state park road or from Lighthouse Road (although I’m not sure you can during the summer, since the park requires a fee).