The Hollingsworth Trail is a 1.5 mile trail that starts in an open field and leads the shoreline and a rocky granite beach near Chair Pond. Along the way the trail's seven interpretive signs highlight the local flora and fauna of the refuge. This trail passes over ledges and along cobbled beaches, so it is slightly more challenging terrain, but still an easy walk. The visitor is rewarded with ocean breezes, sights, sounds and smells. On a clear day, they will have great views of Pigeon Hill Bay and will see Petit Manan Island and its tall granite lighthouse.
Petit Manan Point is part of the Maine Coastal Island National Wildlife Refuge (MCINWR), a complex of islands and coastal properties, stretching from York to Washington Counties, managed and preserved primarily for seabird nesting and coastal wading bird habitat. The Refuge includes four mainland units and over 50 islands, protecting a total of over 8,000 acres.
To protect the refuge's wildlife and habitats, while using the trails please comply with the following:
Downeast Phenology Trail
While visiting this beautiful trail take part in our scientific research project: Phenology Trackers of Maine (PhToM). Millions of songbirds migrate south every fall along the northeast coastline. To get from here to there they need stopovers to refuel on fruits and insects. This hiking trail is one of those stopover locations.
As the climate changes, temperatures are going up. And as things heat up, fruits ripen and insects emerge earlier and earlier. But, birds are migrating south later and later. Will there be any fruits or insects left for the birds when they fly through our region? You can help us answer this question--check out our project website before you go for your hike.
Schoodic Institute is an independent 501c3 nonprofit organization committed to advancing ecosystem science and learning for all ages through a unique partnership with Acadia National Park. Schoodic Institute and Acadia National Park are national leaders in the development of new techniques to involve the public in science, education and conservation.
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Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Coming west on US Route 1 from Milbridge or east on US Route 1 from the Hancock-Washington County line, turn south onto Pigeon Hill Road in Steuben. Drive about 6.3 miles on the road (past the Birch Point trailhead) to the Hollingsworth parking area on the right directly across from the trailhead on the left. There is an informational kiosk and parking for approximately six vehicles.
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