QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 154 acres
- Trail Mileage: .5 miles one way
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: Robinhood Cove
Schoener Preserve offers a there-and-back, .5-mile walk to a beautiful little cove fed by a trickling stream. At the start, look carefully for the trailhead on the side of the road; it’s easy to set off on what appears to be the path but is in fact an old logging road to the left that leads to some homes. The blazed trail heads downhill from the parking lot and abuts a field (part of the easement) on your right. The information I found about this walk says it is a University of Maine easement to the Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, and that it is .75 miles long. I walked about .5 miles to the shore, and then crossed the stream to access some sunny rocks.
Directions: Take Route 127 south 2 miles from the Back River Bridge. Before you reach the meadow, you’ll see the preserve sign on the left. There is a roadside pullover for parking.
the best producing hen of the woods tree in maine is located at the Spirit Pond Phippsburg land trust trail in Phippsburg maine. the coordinates are approximately: 43.751511, -69.807439
Spirit Pond Hen Of The Woods Red Oak Tree Map Link:
every single year this ancient red oak produces at least 50 pounds of prime grade A hen of the woods, maitake, grifola frondosa, g. frondosa mushrooms!
it produces from the middle of September to the middle of October every single year, and has done so for at least the last 15 years. Since the tree is several hundred years old and has so much mass and available energy stores, it will likely produce hen-of-the-woods for years to come.
the tree is located toward the beginning of the spirit pond trail and about 200 feet from spirit pond at the site of an old homestead and near the spirit pond burial ground. the tree fell over in 2015 but still grows hen of the woods mushroom from the remaining stump, around the stump and from the base of the fallen tree itself in huge numbers and size.
Where to find the second most productive hen of the woods oak tree in maine is at the Center Pond Phippsburg land trust trail in Phippsburg maine.
Center Pond Maine Hen of the Woods Map Link
this tree is easily accessed and so the hen of the woods go quickly. if you’re the lucky one to get a 15 pound hen of the woods from this tree, you’ll understand why it’s called the “dancing mushroom.”
Thank you for being so generous with this info! My mom is a great lover of mushrooms, and she is thrilled with your comment. I have not found many mushrooms this year, but over the past two weekends, I have picked up a couple of lion’s manes.
We found the Spirit Pond hen of the woods today! Someone had been there before us (you?) but there were still a few morsels left. We also found honey mushrooms there. Thank you!
Chicken of the Woods Locations at Spirit Pond Phippsburg Maine
There are also huge amounts of chicken of the woods mushrooms near the same trail locations growing on old and fallen oak trees. They grow randomly between mid June through the end of October, with fall production being the greatest from September through October.
Yes, ….. Honey mushrooms are also found frequently at the same oak locations in October on the dead oaks and on the roots of living oaks. Boletes are very common there around Labor Day weekend.