Devil's Head Conservation Area

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From North: From downtown Calais, head south on US Route 1 about 6 miles.  Look for a large, green and gold signed on the east (left) side of the highway. A dirt road (not maintained in winter) provides access to parking areas and trailheads (look for signs).

From South: From the intersection of US Route 1 and ME Route 214 in Pembroke, continue 20 miles north on US Route 1.  Look for a large, greed and gold sign on the east (right) side of the highway. A dirt road (not maintained in winter) provides access to parking areas and trailheads (look for signs).

Description

This 318-acre conservation area has two trails and a short path with stone steps leading down to a sand beach.  Devil’s Head Trail leaves the access road to climb to the peak of Devils Head (340 feet) offering several great overlooks of the St. Croix River and lands to the west. Once at the peak, hikers can either back track to their car or continue along the trail descending back to the access road, walking along the road to return to the parking area. The second trail leaves from only trailhead and parking on the left going into the conservation area. This short hike leads to an opening with excellent wildlife viewing opportunities.  Recent histories of disturbance in the conservation area, timber infestations and the 1998 ice storm, are visible in the regenerating forest of the conservation area. Wildlife supported by the area include deer moose, red fox, beaver, mink, ospreys, eagles, and hawks, while offshore visitors might see porpoises, sea ducks, and loons.

Devil’s Head has rich historic significance for the area and was used by Native American as much as 11,000 years ago for harvesting fish and clams. The nearby St. Croix International Historic Site was the first European colony in the northeast and settled by the French in 1604. These colonists used Devils Head both for hunting and gathering firewood. In 2004 a cooperative effort between local organizations, individuals, and the Land for Maine’s Future Program lead to the purchase and permanent conservation of the site which is now the largest undeveloped tract along Maine’s coast north of Cobscook Bay. 

Other Information

Tides fluctuate up to 25 feet every six hours and can rise quickly so keep an eye on the water level when exploring the shore. Kayakers, canoeists, scuba divers and boats setting anchors should all take the strong tidal currents into account.

In late spring and summer, be prepared for mosquitoes and black flies. Deer ticks are in the area so check yourself daily to prevent Lyme disease.

Cobscook Trails Project

The trails on Devil's Head Conservation Area are part of a larger network of hiking trails in known as Cobscook Trails. Cobscook Trails is a cooperative project of conservation landowners and community partners that seeks to expand opportunities for nature-based recreation and tourism in eastern Washington County. The group produces "Cobscook Trails: A Guide to Walking Opportunities around Cobscook Bay and Bold Coast Region", a 55 page booklet describing walks on 19 area properties. Find more information about Cobscook Trails, including how to purchase the guidebook, visit: The Cobscook Trails Project.

Trail Manager

The property is owned and managed by the City of Calais. For more information check out its website or contact

City of Calais
Assistant Manager
P.O. Box 413
Calais, ME 04619
Phone: (207) 454-2521 ext. 10
asstmanager@calaismaine.org

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An aerial view of the Devil's Head, the highest promontory in Maine east of Acadia National Park.
An aerial view of the Devil's Head, the highest promontory in Maine east of Acadia National Park.
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This conservation area offers a hike overlooking the St. Croix River along the highest headland east of Acadia National Park. Croix River. Opportunities exist for viewing wildlife and exploring a sand beach.

Quick Facts

Activity
  • Hiking / Walking
TownCalais
DifficultyEasy
Length1.6 miles, Loop
SurfaceDift/Forest Floor, Sand
PetsPermitted
FeesNo
Other ActivitiesNone

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