Nestled in the heart of Brave Boat Harbor in Kittery Point, Brave Boat Headwaters is part of the largest block of natural land remaining in Kittery. Easy trails of modest elevation provide access to these 60-acres, surrounded by other conservation land. From the parking lot, the trail heads northeast through the woods. 0.2 miles from the trailhead, the trail crosses a small footbridge. 0.3 miles from the trailhead, the trail comes to a junction with a 0.7 mile loop trail, also forested.
Biologically rich, Brave Boat Harbor teems with life. Eagles circle overhead, butterflies flit in open fields, and salamanders secret themselves in the wet mosses near vernal pools. The property is home to rare and endangered species like the Blanding’s turtle and lady's slipper, as well as wildlife like otters, which travel between the fresh water of the forested uplands to salt marsh and the sea.
This is a place where visitors can take a quiet walk or an invigorating cross country ski, listen to birds, and lift their spirits; a place where kids and their families can encounter history in stone-wall-dotted woods, and where students and teachers can study Kittery’s unique coastal ecology.
For more information, visit the Kittery Land Trust website, or contact:
From the North
From US-1 in York, head east on Southside Road. Proceed 1.6 miles and take a sharp right on Bartlett Road. Go 1.1 miles and take a left on Payne Road. Take a right 0.6 later onto ME-103 (Brave Boat Harbor Road). There is a parking lot for the preserve 0.4 miles down ME-103.
From the South
From the US-1 / State Road traffic circle in Kittery, head south on ME-236 (Rogers Road / Shapleigh Road) for 1 mile. Continue straight onto ME-103 (Whipple Road) for 1.1 miles to a bridge, at which point Whipple Road becomes Pepperrell Road (still ME-103). Go 1.5 miles and continue straight (slight bend to the left) on ME-103, which becomes Tenney Hill Road, and then Brave Boat Harbor Road, another 2.1 miles to the parking lot on the left. The preserve parking lot is 4.7 miles up ME-103 from the junction where ME-236 becomes ME-103.
The parking lot is located at 185 Brave Boat Harbor Road. There is a large kiosk at the parking lot with additional information about the property.
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