This 40 acre parcel includes over 2,550 feet of shorefront on the Bagaduce River.The trail travels over easy terrain through the woods. From the trailhead, it is about 0.2 miles to the shore if looping in a clockwise direction, or 0.5 miles looping counter-clockwise. The middle 0.2 miles of the loop parallels the river, offering plenty of shoreline to explore.
Nab Island (so small that until recently it was not recognized on any state maps or deeds) is accessible at low tide, but not for very long, be sure to plan well and pay attention to the tides so as to not get stranded. Please also use extreme caution when exploring Nab Island. Small islands are very fragile and are easily irreparably damaged.
Be sure to keep a look out for horseshoe crabs; the Bagaduce River is one of only four estuary systems in Maine supporting a population of these primeval crabs. Bald eagles abound on the Bagaduce–with a nesting site nearby, look for them overhead. Seal sightings are common from this trail as well. Just west of the Snow property in Green Cove is a major seal pupping ledge.
Just east of the Snow Natural Area is Bagaduce Falls, a “reversing tidal rapid.” The Bagaduce River is tidal, flowing in two different directions depending on the tide. Water forced through the narrows at the Bagaduce Bridge results in wave trains that are exciting canoe runs when the tide is right. A unique population of pygmy alewives (a small anadromous fish) passes by the Snow Natural Area on its way to spawning grounds in Walker Pond.
For additional information, visit the Blue Hill Heritage Trust website, or contact:
Head south on ME-15/ME-176 from Blue Hill. 4.1 miles from the traffic circle in Blue Hill, turn right the intersection (across from Strong Brewing) on ME-176. Go 2.4 miles, then turn left on ME-176/ME-175.
After 0.7 miles, cross the Bagaduce Reversing Falls Bridge. At the stop sign, take a right and go 0.25 miles onto Young’s Point Road. When the road forks, bear to the right. Look for a small parking area on the right marked by a Blue Hill Heritage Trust sign. Please do not park on the road. A right of way leads from the parking area into the property; please stay on the trail.
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