Posted on July 20, 2017 and last updated on August 03, 2017

Horan Head, Lubec


  • Preserve Size: 235 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~ 4 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: coves, bay, rocky outcrops

When I visited in July 2017, I found the trail initially difficult to find. You start off in grassy fields. Stay right and pass through an opening of shrubs and then hug the left side of the small meadow. You’ll see the trail in the woods straight ahead. The paths are not blazed, but at intersections there are wooden trail signs. The main trail heads out to the furthest point. The two peninsula points of this preserve are really quite pretty. 

As you walk along the Main Trail, you’ll pass the East Shore Trail on your left, about .7 miles in. In the summer of 2017, this trail was obscured by a downed tree so difficult to follow. Essentially you want to head toward the water and then hug the coast. The trail reconnects to the Main Trail in about .6 miles. There are also two loop trails on the southern side of the preserve that offer some lovely views of the harbor.

All together, the trail network I walked here is about four miles. I completely missed the path to Horan Head, unfortunately! You can see it on this Cobscook Trails map.

Directions: From Route 189, turn onto Crow’s Neck Road. Turn right after .4 miles onto Lead Mine Road and make a quick left turn after .2 miles onto Straight Bay Road. The trailhead is 3.2 miles up Straight Bay Road on the right.


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