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Brave Boat Headwaters

Kittery Land Trust’s Brave Boat Headwaters is a 60-acre preserve with trails of only modest elevation change looping around it, abutting other conserved lands.
Trail Activity
Hiking Walking Snowshoeing
Length
1.4 miles, Loop
Difficulty
Easy
Town
Kittery
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

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.

Other Information

  • Hunting is allowed.
  • Dogs must be under handler's control at all times.
  • Please carry out all litter and clean up after your dog.

Trail Manager

For more information, visit the Kittery Land Trust website, or contact:

Kittery Land Trust

Kittery Land Trust
PO Box 467
120 Rogers Road
Kittery, Maine 03904-0467
Phone: (207) 439-8989
info@kitterylandtrust.org
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Trail Tips

Dispose of Waste Properly
Dispose of solid human waste in a cathole 6-8 inches deep and at least 200 feet from water, camp, or trails. Don't forget to cover it up when you're done!
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Trailhead Information

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.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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