Boot Head Preserve

The Boot Head Preserve features 700 acres of spectacular rugged coastline, upland forests, bogs, and coastal wetlands.
Trail Activity
Snowshoeing Hiking
2.0 miles, Network
Dirt/Forest Floor, Rock/Ledge, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging


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.

Other Information

Preserve Information and Guidelines:

  • Please respect the privacy of preserve neighbors
  • Stay on established trails
  • No camping permitted
  • No fires permitted
  • Carry out all trash, including human and pet waste and toilet paper
  • Keep pets under strict voice or leash control
  • Do not remove archaeological artifacts

Trail Manager

For more information and a printable preserve map, please visit Maine Coast Heritage Trust's website.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Maine Coast Heritage Trust
1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201
Topsham, ME 04086
Phone: (207) 729-7366
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Trailhead Information

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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August 12, 2020
Great hike! Kids and dogs enjoyed despite the fog. Great views
boot head boy6749
June 10, 2020
This is the best hiking place I have ever been to.
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