There are two maintained trails at Pike Lands each offering a unique experience.
Huckins Beach Trail (1 mile round trip): The trail starts from the parking area on the south side of the North Lubec Road. From the back of the parking area, the trail crosses the field and continues gently uphill through patchy woods and old fields to the height of land (the West Loop Trail diverges to the right part-way up the slope).
Hikers can follow a loop going either direction. At the junction of the West Loop Trail and The Huckins Beach Trail hikers can follow a spur to a pocket shingle beach, known locally as Huckins Beach. The beach can be explored depending on the tide. The South Bay shore is very steep and cliffy; hikers are advised to stay on the trail and supervise children closely.
Cove Trail (0.5 miles round trip): This easy walk starts at the Downeast Adventures sign on the north side of the North Lubec Road. Walk down the lane to emerge at a small field with apple trees and an old barn, used by the Regional Medical Center at Lubec's Downeast Adventures outdoor education/community health program. Continue across the field, under the "zip line", to the woods on the far side. The trail slopes down gently through woods past two lean-tos that are used for Downeast Adventures overnights. At the shore, the trail hooks right to end at the stony beach midway along the tidal cove.
At most stages of the tide, the beach can be walked to the cove mouth. For a longer hike, explore the rocky shore to the left of the cove mount as far as the barrier beach that forms the northern end of the property (distances from end of trail to barrier beach via cove mouth: 0.4 miles). Retrace your steps to return.
The salt marsh, tidal lagoons, and wooded "island” adjacent to the beach on the Cobscook Bay side are easily damaged by trampling. Please keep to the beach and rocky shore.
The Pike Lands named in honor of Radcliffe and Sumner Pike, were acquired in 2005 by the then Quoddy Regional Land Trust and Health Ways/Regional Medical Center at Lubec with support from the Land For Maine’s Future program. The Donweast Coastal Conservancy now owns the South Bay side of the property and holds a conservation easement on the Cobscook Bay side, which is owned by RMCL and designated the Health Ways North Lubec Community Site. The Pike Lands is open dawn to dusk for foot traffic only.
Cobscook Trails Project
The trails on Pike Lands 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 Downeast Coastal Conservancy online for more information or contact:
Take US Route 1 to ME Route 189, leading to Lubec. After 9 miles, turn left on the North Lubec Road at McFadden's Variety. Go 5 miles to the Downeast Adventures sign (on the right) near the end of the paved road. Park past the sign on either side of the road.
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