The Boot Head Preserve features 700 acres of spectacular rugged coastline, upland forests, bogs, and coastal wetlands. Jim's Head and Boot Head form the two points of the anvil-shaped, 400 acre coastal section. The inland portion of the preserve connects with Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s nearby Hamilton Cove Preserve – together they form nearly 2,000 acres of contiguous conservation land in the town of Lubec. MCHT acquired the bulk of the preserve in 1988 to ensure the property’s dramatic scenic beauty and diverse ecological values were not lost to a proposed 30-40 lot subdivision.
Today, visitors can explore the preserve’s two miles of moderate, moss-lined hiking trails. The paths, which include long sections of bog bridging, descend to cobblestone beaches and then rise to the tops of rocky promontories that offer sweeping views of Grand Manan and Maine’s Bold Coast.
The Boot Head preserve also features Boot Cove Heath, one of the State’s 115 raised peatlands. While venturing along the preserve’s trails, stay alert for resident wildlife including nesting bald eagles, spruce grouse, songbirds, and small mammals.
Preserve Information and Guidelines:
For more information and a printable preserve map, please visit Maine Coast Heritage Trust's website.Maine Coast Heritage Trust
From ME-1 in Whiting: follow ME-189 5.8 miles east into Lubec. Turn right on ME-191 and drive south towards Cutler. In 2.8 miles, bear left onto Boot Cove Road. Continue 2 miles to the trailhead and parking lot on the right.
From ME-189, just west of downtown Lubec: follow the South Lubec Road toward West Quoddy lighthouse. In 2.7 miles, turn right onto Boot Cove Road. Continue 3.5 miles to the small parking area and trailhead on the left.
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