Edmunds/Cobscook Bay State Park: Forest Ecology Walk

Sunday, May 28:  2 - 4 pm

Monday, May 29:  8 - 10 am

 

Guide: Park Manager Tom Harmon 

Bird along Cobscook Bay State Park’s Nature Trail with park staff.  This 1.5 mile trail moves through mature spruce-fir-pine forests and follows the Mack’s Brook flowage into Burnt Cove. Hikers will be able to mark the progress of the brook as it moves into the estuary and eventually into the open tidal cove. Ledges and a gradual climb will take participants to two overlooks, providing a broader picture of the cove and environs. We will discuss the forest and shoreline ecology and the glacial history of the area along the walk.

The trail moves through a variety of habitats for wildlife such as deer, bear, moose, fox, coyote, snowshoe hare, fishers, squirrels, weasels and porcupines. Birds to keep an eye out for include Osprey, Bald Eagle, Ruffed Grouse, woodpeckers, American Black Duck, ravens, gulls, jays, and herons.

Wear boots or shoes that can get wet and have a good tread. The hike covers varied terrain, with some steep areas. Restrooms are available at the park.

Where to start: To get to the park, take Route 1 to Edmunds and look for park signs marking the turnoff onto South Edmunds Road.  The main park entrance is on the right 0.5 miles from the Rt. 1 turnoff. Meet in the parking lot at the main gate. 

Cobscook Bay State Park sits within the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge and is cooperatively managed by the US Fish &Wildlife Service and Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.