The quarter-mile nature trail in Crockett Cove Woods Preserve winds through the forest and a small bog. Red spruce is the dominant tree species, favored by cool temperatures and high rainfall along the coast. Other tree species include white spruce and red maple. The forest supports a variety of wildlife, including snowshoe hare, white-tailed deer, red fox as well as kinglets, warblers and chickadees.
Mosses, ferns and lichens are common within the fog forest. A survey of lichens within the preserve found that there are over 80 species, at least 8 of which are rare in Maine. The bog is home to pitcher plants, sundews, cranberries and speckled alder.
The yellow trail goes to the north end of the preserve and connects to a loop trail, marked in orange. The hike is more than a mile and crosses varied terrain, including mixed forests, cedar forests, spruce stands, wet areas, a stream crossing and an old logging road.
Crockett Cove Woods is exposed to prevailing southwest winds that bring moisture from the ocean. Its trees hold onto the fog so characteristic of the Maine coast. Mosses cling in blanket-like layers to large granite boulders left by the departing glaciers. Old man’s beard lichen hang delicately from the trees. This preserve is at its best on a wet day when the colors are more vibrant.
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From US Route 1 in Orland, take ME Route 15 down the Deer Isle peninsula. In Deer Isle Village, bear right onto Main Street and pass over a narrow straight. Bear left at a three way intersection following signs for Sunset. About three miles past the Sunset Post Office, turn right on Whitman Road in West Stonington. Turn right onto Fire Lane 88/Crockett Cove Road. The preserve entrance is marked by a small sign and registration box.
From Stonington, travel about two miles west on the Shore Road, and turn left on Whitman Road, just after Airport Road.
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