Posted on December 1, 2013 and last updated on February 08, 2021

Wilbur Preserve at Cox Head, Phippsburg


  • Preserve Size: 10 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~0.3 miles to views
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: views from summit, orchard

I was amazed to find myself sitting on a high, open ledge here at Phippsburg Land Trust’s Wilbur Preserve, looking out over Atkins Bay, Fort Popham (and the cute nearby community) and all the way out over the ocean. Wilbur Preserve is located at the end of a dead-end lane (it feels like you’re twisting and turning forever). Eventually, you’ll reach an open spit of land, beautiful in its own right, where someone has placed several chairs to enjoy the view.

After a short, steep hike up, you’ll find yourself at an open ledge. It’s a special spot. There are two trails, one takes you to the overlook and one does a small loop in the woods and apple orchards below the ledges.

Directions: From Rte. 209 at Winnegance proceed 4 miles to the Bisson’s Center Store and turn left onto Parker Head Rd. Follow Parker Head Road 4 miles to Cox’s Head Rd on the left. Proceed .6 miles out on Cox’s Head Rd.; you will see a sign pointing to Wilbur Preserve and the road becomes the Green Point Road. Proceed .25 miles to the parking area on the left.

One comment to “Wilbur Preserve at Cox Head, Phippsburg”
One comment to “Wilbur Preserve at Cox Head, Phippsburg”
  1. One of our true gems, along with the Bijhouwer Preserve. Wilbur Preserve also has a newly marked train along the lower slopes, through an old Apple Orchard that you walk through as you enter. Look for new blazing in the spring. We will also be leading several walks there over the course of the Spring and Summer of 2014.

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