Posted on July 21, 2017 and last updated on August 02, 2017

Hamilton Cove, Lubec


  • Preserve Size: 1,225 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 2.8 in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: views from mountain, ocean views, cobble beaches, wetlands, grasslands

This 1,225-acre Maine Coast Heritage Trust preserve is a bit like a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure book. There are three paths leaving from the trailhead. If you take the left one, the .8-mile main trail, you’ll walk through regenerating meadow (it burned in 2015) to a viewing platform. But don’t skip the approximately .5-mile beach spur to the left, it leads to a large, flat rock with nice views. Two shorter paths from the trailhead go to a couple of pebbly beaches. If you have the energy, head across the street to Benny’s Mountain. If there is no mist, from the summit there are views over the heath, the forest, the sea and to Lubec. The 1.2-mile (one way) trail is fairly easy walking, with a short uphill at the end (and a loop).

Directions: From South Lubec Road, bear right when the road forks. Travel 2.4 miles to a small parking area on your left. Coming from the other direction, the lot is 3.5 miles from Route 191.


Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!