Two main trails provide access to different areas of this property. The Rocky Point Trail is a 1.5 mile loop trail that splits after about 0.5 miles. From here, the trail can be followed in either direction, returning to the same point for the return to the trailhead. The trail winds through a beautiful stand of coastal spruce-fir forest before reaching the shores of Whiting Bay. The trail traces the shoreline around a headland, providing a variety of views and scenic resting or picnic areas. The trail is often rooted and rock strewn, making footing unsteady. Near the shore, the trail crosses patches of steep ledge that may be very slippery when wet.
The Leighton Point Trail follows the old grassy road that continues beyond the yellow gate at the parking area. After traversing a stand of mostly deciduous trees with a history of timber harvesting and fire, the road reaches a network of old fields and orchards with a few old cellar holes, pointing to a long history of human occupation on the property. The abundant apple and crab-apple trees attract an array of wildlife including deer, bear, coyote, fox and partridge. Whiting Bay is visible and can be reached through the trees in several places, but there is no developed access point. When you are finished exploring the network of fields and trails, return to the trailhead on the same road.
The Commissary Point Unit is part of the Cobscook Bay Wildlife Management Area, a network of conserved lands owned and managed by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Composed of over 2,000 acres of mainland and islands in and around Cobscook Bay and more than 23 miles of shoreline, the Management Area provides valuable wildlife habitat as well as public access and recreational opportunities.
Cobscook Trails Project: The trails on Commissary Point are part of a larger network of hiking trails in known as Cobscook Trails. Cobscook Trails is a cooperative project of conservation landowners and community partners that seeks to expand opportunities for nature-based recreation and tourism in eastern Washington County. The group produces "Cobscook Trails: A Guide to Walking Opportunities around Cobscook Bay and Bold Coast Region," a 55 page booklet describing walks on 19 area properties. Find more information about Cobscook Trails, including how to purchase the guidebook, visit: The Cobscook Trails Project.
This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage.
Visit the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife online for more information or contact:
Take US Route 1 to Whiting. Turn onto ME Route 189 toward Lubec. Travel 1.8 miles and turn left onto Commissary Point Road. After 0.4 miles, a farm house and fields mark the end of the public road. Continue on the gravel road approximately 0.1 mile to the parking area next to a yellow gate.
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