Posted on January 21, 2019 and last updated on January 23, 2019

Hatch Cove and Schumacher Preserve, Castine


  • Preserve Size: Not sure
  • Trail Mileage: ~.3 miles
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: Hatch Cove, Wadsworth Cove, fields, tidal swimming pool

Perhaps the neatest part of this preserve is the nearby beach on Wadsworth Cove and the tidal swimming pool behind it. When I visited the area, slushy, icy waves were rolling onto the beach, and the pool looked like it could be very enticing on a hot summer day.

There are no formal trails on the fields of Hatch Cove Preserve (which also contains an old farm pond), but you can walk a little ways down Wadsworth Cove Road and across the Route 166 causeway to the small Shumacher Preserve, on your left. A short trail takes you to a lookout over Hatch Cove and to the stone remains of British Revolutionary War redoubt, or temporary military shelter.

The fields at Hatch Cove are a good place to see bobolinks. And there is a charming old farm pond in the middle.

Directions: Take Route 166 south towards Castine, turning right onto Wadsworth Cove Road before crossing the Neck. Park along edge of Wadsworth Cove Road or the Backshore Road.


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