Petit Manan Wildlife Refuge - Hollingsworth Trail



Coming west on US Route 1 from Milbridge or east on US Route 1 from the Hancock-Washington County line, turn south onto Pigeon Hill Road in Steuben. Drive about 6.3 miles on the road (past the Birch Point trailhead) to the Hollingsworth parking area on the right directly across from the trailhead on the left. There is an informational kiosk and parking for approximately six vehicles.


The Hollingsworth Trail is a 1.5 mile trail that starts in an open field and leads the shoreline and a rocky granite beach near Chair Pond. Along the way the trail's seven interpretive signs highlight the local flora and fauna of the refuge. This trail passes over ledges and along cobbled beaches, so it is slightly more challenging terrain, but still an easy walk. The visitor is rewarded with ocean breezes, sights, sounds and smells. On a clear day, they will have great views of Pigeon Hill Bay and will see Petit Manan Island and its tall granite lighthouse.

Other Information

Petit Manan Point is part of the Maine Coastal Island National Wildlife Refuge (MCINWR), a complex of islands and coastal properties, stretching from York to Washington Counties, managed and preserved primarily for seabird nesting and coastal wading bird habitat. The Refuge includes four mainland units and over 50 islands, protecting a total of over 8,000 acres.

To protect the refuge's wildlife and habitats, while using the trails please comply with the following:

The trails are open during daylight hours only.

Dogs are allowed on mainland divisions only and must be on hand-held leases no longer than 10 feet.

Blueberries may be hand-picked for personal (non-commercial) use; raking is not allowed. Snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and open fires are not allowed.

Trail Manager

Visit Maine Coastal Island National Wildlife Refuge's Visitor Oportunities online for more information or contact

Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Milbridge Office
P.O. Box 279
Milbridge, ME 04658
Phone: (207) 546-2124

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avatar mmytarMarch 21, 2012, 2:52 am EST

I hiked this trail two weekends ago on a sunny March afternoon. Snow is completely melted and the trail is pretty dry. The beach at Chair Pond makes a beautiful picnic spot. Looking forward to going back to check out the new work on the Birch Point trail. Thanks for the trail maintenance!

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Plovers and Sandpipers at the Petit Manan Wildlife Refuge
Plovers and Sandpipers at the Petit Manan Wildlife Refuge
Photo courtesy:Craig Snapp

This easy loop provides access to the rocky shoreline of Petit Manan Point and offers a self-guided nature trail highlighting the wildlife and coastline of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge.

Quick Facts

  • Hiking / Walking
Length1.5 miles, Loop
SurfaceDirt/Forest Floor, Rocks/Ledge
Other ActivitiesNone

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