The coastal portion of the property has hiking trips from 3-10 miles. Wear sturdy footwear and take care near cliffs and on boardwalks, particularly in damp and slippery conditions. The estimated trail times listed below assume a leisurely pace in good conditions with brief stops.
Coastal Trail to Ocean (2.8-mile roundtrip, allow 2 hours): This is a forested path that runs through a cedar swamp and maritime spruce-fir forest before reaching a promontory overlooking the ocean. It is the easiest trail segment offering a visitors’ first spectacular view of the ocean from the high cliffs that are prominent along this property.
Black Point Brook Loop (5.5-mile roundtrip, allow 4-5 hours): Wooded trails and rocky cliffside hiking lead to a small cobble beach at Black Point Cove (accessible via a log ladder). The return route, via the Inland Trail, is somewhat rocky but over fairly gentle terrain and through an Acadian forest.
Fairy Head Loop (10.4-mile roundtrip, allow 7-8 hours): This trail provides the most extensive shorefront hiking with 3.8 miles that skirt the shore. At Fairy Head, the trail turns inland through open meadows and forest, passing by a freshwater grass marsh and a large beaver pond. The Inland Trail has been temporarily relocated around a flooded wetland. The relocation has added 1.2 miles to the round trip distance. The Bureau of Parks and Lands is evaluating long term sustainable options for this section of trail.
Cutler Coast Public Reserve Land is on what is known as the Bold Coast. For more information about the unique geology of the area and features along the trail, check out the Bold Coast on Maine Geological Survey's website.
The trail system follows many clifftops presenting hazards to those who follow too closely especially in wet or foggy conditions. Be prepared for drastic weather changes and be aware that there is very spotty cell coverage along the trails.
On the forested northern portion of the property, across ME Route 191, there are 19.5 miles of shared-use roads and designated ATV trails, many of them maintained by the East Stream Trail Riders ATV Club. A portion of this system passes through the Ecological Reserve: please remain on the trail to protect the Reserve grasslands and fragile peatbog ecosystems.
Cobscook Trails Project: The trails on Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land 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 Bureau of Parks and Lands online for more information and a printable map or contact:
Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Eastern Public Lands Office
From North: From the intersection of US Route 1 and ME Route 189 in Whiting, take ME Route 189 to ME Route 191. Turn right and travel 10 miles to the parking area and trailhead on the left of the road (marked by a blue/white sign).
From South: From the intersection of US Route 1 and ME Route 191 in East Machias, turn right on ME Route 191 and travel 16.9 miles to the parking area/trailhead on right of the road (marked by a blue/white sign).
This trail is experiencing high-use.
Please consider visiting only during low-use times like weekdays. Do not overfill the parking lot or park on the road, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. If parking lot is full, you should consider the trails to be full and too crowded for social distancing. Leave home with a Plan B. If the lot is crowded, please protect your health, the health of the community, and the trails themselves, by choosing a different property and/or trying again later.
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