The trail at Maquoit Bay Conservation Land follows an old woods road, perfect for walking or cross-country skiing. The 0.7 mile trail leads to Rocky Point, a unique rocky promontory offering spectacular coastal vistas of Maquoit Bay, on which the oldest trees on the property are found, and from where the public can swim in the warm waters of the shallow bay at high tide.
The property consists of upland forest separated by steep gullies that divide the property into three distinct peninsulas. Within the gullies three freshwater streams bordered by narrow wetlands transition into a small Spartina saltmarsh, that provides significant habitat for wading birds and waterfowl as identified by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. Clammers and wormers can often be seen harvesting when the tide is out, and during the early summer visitors are graced with the sight of lady slippers lining the trail on the way to Rocky Point.
A printable trail map may be downloaded from the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
Maquoit Bay Conservation Land is a 124-acre preserve on Maquoit Bay that is owned by the Town of Brunswick and is permanently protected through a conservation easement held by the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust. When the property was conserved in 2007, it was one of the last undeveloped sites on Brunswick’s coastline and nearly doubled the town’s public access to the water. The conservation of this unique parcel would not have been possible without the generosity of Margaret Downing and Susan Lowery, the previous landowners, as well as the Trust for Public Land and numerous funding sources including NOAA and Land for Maine’s Future.
For more information, visit the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust website, or contact:
From downtown Brunswick, follow Maine Street southeast for approximately 1.6 miles. Continue onto Mere Point Road for 0.2 miles, and bear right onto Maquoit Road. Follow Maquoit Road for 1.9 miles, then turn right onto Woodside Road. After 0.5 miles take first left onto Bunganuc Road, and the property is 0.5 miles down on the left, with an established gravel parking area with road signage.
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