Hamilton Cove Preserve and Benny’s Mountain Hike

Where: Lubec / Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Sunday    2–5 pm          

Guide: Colin Brown

This afternoon trip to a popular local birding spot with panoramic views of the Bold Coast is a relatively easy hike with some short uphill stretches.  We will explore a freshwater stream that meets the ocean in a quiet cove.  In addition to saltwater and shorebird species, there is fantastic warbler and songbird habitat throughout the preserve.

From the beach, we will head inland on the Benny’s Mountain Trail, passing through productive alder patches, swale, and mixed woodlands to the summit of the hill.

Total walking distance is about 3 miles.

Meet at Hamilton Cove Preserve parking lot on Boot Cove Rd in Lubec (44°47’20.1”N 67°00’45.6”W). From Whiting or the CCLC, take Rte 189 east toward Lubec. After 5.7 miles from Whiting or 4.0 miles from the CCLC turn right onto Rte 191 (Dixie Rd). Drive south 2.7 miles and turn left onto Boot Cove Rd, then drive east 3.4 miles and turn right into the lot. Or if coming from Lubec or West Quoddy Head via South Lubec Rd, bear right onto the other end of Boot Cove Rd at the sharp leftward bend in South Lubec Rd, then drive west 2.4 miles and turn left into the lot. No restrooms.