Hamilton Cove Preserve embodies the rugged character that gives Maine's Bold Coast its name. This preserve provides opportunities to experience some of Maine's most remote and wild terrain - cobble beaches, sheer cliffs and rocky promontories. Several cobble beaches and Lawrence Head, a rocky promontory with dramatic views of the cliffs on Grand Manan lie along the 1.5 miles of shoreline. A small stream, Hamilton Brook, runs through the middle of the property, enhancing the diversity of plant and animal life. Benny's Mountain on the inland side of the road provides a summit with expansive views.
More than 25 different types of plant communities thrive at Hamilton Cove, including a high number of bogs, fens, and other wetlands that provide habitat for several uncommon plants including baked-apple berry, Labrador tea, roseroot sedum and beachhead iris. There are also grasslands, barrens, and unusually large patches of low-growing alder. The preserve's diverse habitats support numerous migratory and resident birds including bald eagles.
Hamilton Cove enjoys a long history of human activity. The original land grants date back to the early 1800s. A portion of an existing trail follows an old dam that was built to support a local mill. Several ships were built on the property in a shipyard located near the mouth of Hamilton Stream. MCHT acquired the first of 4 parcels that now comprise the preserve in 1993.
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From Lubec, take the South Lubec Road towards Quoddy Head State Park. In 2.7 miles turn right onto Boot Cove Road and continue 2.4 miles to the parking area on the left.
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