Bill & Sallie Satterthwaite
Pike Lands Conservation Area, named in honor of Radcliffe and Sumner Pike, has several short trails on the North Lubec peninsula that include diverse habitats. The birds seen and heard 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 warblers.
The Cove trail to Cobscook Bay is an easy half-mile out-and-back walk with apple orchard, mixed forest, and a shallow beach that borders on some salt marsh. The Huckins Beach / West Loop combined trail to South Bay is a one-mile loop with somewhat challenging walking at the far end. It passes through open woodland and spruce-fir and cedar forest.
The 500-foot Arboretum Trail winds among some unusual shrubs and trees that Radcliffe Pike, a noted horticulturalist, brought back
from his world travels. Rhododendrons are likely to be
Being on either side of a narrow peninsula, these walks can have coastal fog, so bring appropriate outerwear. Boots are recommended.
Meet at the Huckins Beach trailhead, which is in the first Pike Lands parking lot (GPS 44.899060, -67.051364). From the CCLC, turn left onto Rte 189 toward Lubec. After 7.3 miles, soon after the Eastland Motel, turn left at McFadden's Variety onto North Lubec Rd. After 5.3 miles (as the road rises shortly after Bailey Lane and house #1043), turn left into the first Pike Lands parking lot, or park along the road or in the second Pike Lands parking lot which is on the right about 0.1 mile further along. Please do not park in the driveway across the road from the first lot. No restroom.