North Lubec: Pike Lands

Sunday, May 28

6 - 9:30 am

Guides: DECC, Bill Sallie Satterthwaite

This event walks two short trails that are managed by Downeast Coastal Conservancy and that have considerable habitat diversity. The Cove trail to Cobscook Bay (an easy 0.5-mile out-and-back walk) goes through an apple orchard and boreal forest to the coast and a salt marsh. The orchard area of this trail includes some exotic trees and shrubs, such as Royal Azalea and a small Dawn Redwood, that were planted by the late Radcliff Pike, a former owner and noted botanist. The Huckins Beach / West Loop combined trail to South Bay (a 1-mile loop with somewhat challenging walking at the far end) passes through open woodland and spruce-fir and cedar forest, ending at the shore and including a small circular esker. The birding will depend upon the timing of the season, but we have had good luck with common field, forest, and coastal species of the region, including Blackburnian Warbler and Ovenbird. 

Where to start:  From Whiting or the CCLC take Route 189 toward Lubec. 9 miles after Whiting or 7.3 miles after the CCLC, soon after the Eastland Motel, turn left at McFadden's Variety onto the North Lubec Road. Drive 5.3 miles and shortly after Bailey Lane and house #1043, as the road rises, you will see the first Pike Lands parking lot on the left. There is a second parking lot about 0.1 mile further along, on the right. Park only in these lots or along the road. There are no restroom facilities.

GPS coordinates: 44.899060, -67.051364