Peter’s Brook Trail and Penny Preserve, Blue Hill
Peter’s Brook Trail takes you from the trailhead up a slight climb to a rather dramatic waterfall (dramatic for Maine, that is!). The Blue Hill Heritage Trust says the pool below is good for swimming.
From the waterfall, you can head over to the trails on Penny’s Preserve. A couple of them follow the pretty brook. When I visited in the winter of 2019, there were no bridges over the stream, and it was somewhat difficult to cross it.
Close to Route 176, there is the remains of an old granite quarry that is interesting to check out.
Directions: Parking for Peters Brook is on the East Blue Hill Road, .6 mile from its intersection with Rte. 172 in Blue Hill. Park at the little lot at the end of the cove, and walk across the road bridge about 100 feet or so to the trailhead on the left. Continue up the road just a bit for the pullout parking area for the rest of the trail system.