Lubec: Boot Head Preserve

Saturday, May 27

7 – 10:30 am


Guides:  Bill Schlesinger & Lisa Dellwo

This preserve, owned by Maine Coast Heritage Trust, features some of the most dramatic views of the Maine coastline. Enjoy the view, along with fabulous birding, during this circular hike of a little more than two miles. Some trails sections are gradual and smooth, while other sections along the rocky coast requires a lot of up-and-down hiking over a rocky trail.

Please wear sturdy footwear.

A small bog near the trail head offers the possibility of Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, Hermit Thrush, Nashville Warbler, Palm Warbler, Lincoln’s Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow and Purple Finch.

The coniferous forest has large numbers of Magnolia Warblers and Black-throated Green Warblers.  We should also see Red-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Winter Wren, Black-and-White Warbler, Yellow-rumped Warbler and Ovenbird. Spruce Grouse and Boreal Chickadee are often present.  

The stunted spruce stands along the rocky headlands provide habitat for Blackpoll Warbler and Golden-crowned Kinglet. Common Eider and Black Guillemot will be on the water far below. Merlin have nested along the cliffs in some years.      

Where to start:  From Whiting or the CCLC, take Route 189 east toward Lubec. 5.7 miles from Whiting or 4.0 miles from the CCLC, turn right onto Route 191 (Dixie Road). Drive south 2.7 miles and turn left onto Boot Cove Road, then drive east 1.9 miles. (If coming from Lubec or West Quoddy Head via South Lubec Road, turn onto Boot Cove Road at the sharp bend in South Lubec Road and drive west 3.9 miles.) There is parking on both sides of the road. The trail head is adjacent to the smaller parking lot on the right side of the road. Restrooms are not available.

GPS coordinates: 44.775591, -67.031157