Ingersoll Point Preserve (Addison)

Ingersoll Point Preserve, Addison, ME

Sometimes Downeast Maine, particularly Acadia, can feel overrun by an invading force in the late summer, one equipped with out-of-state SUV’s and brand-new hiking gear. Even the formerly lesser-known Bold Coast oases of Lubec and Cutler seem to be, well, a little compromised in the crush of tourists seeking an authentic Maine experience. Ingersoll Point Preserve in Addison is a 145 acre corner of forest and ocean that has maintained its quiet pine coast aesthetic, thanks to its location, and the stewardship of the Downeast Coastal Conservancy. Trail maps and a brochure can be found on their website, or in the excellent book Maine Hikes Off the Beaten Path. Trailhead parking is at the rear of the South Addison Community of Christ Church at 316 Moosehorn Road in Addison, marked by a sign.

Adler Woods Trail, Ingersoll Point Preserve, Addison, ME

From the 3.5 mile trail network, we chose an outer loop, comprising the Adler Woods Trail (blue blazes), the Carrying Place Cove Trail (pink blazes), and the Wohoa Bay Trail (yellow blazes), a leisurely, approximately 3.2 mile hike, taking about an hour and a half. Shortly into the woods, through a narrow path lined by blackberries, the trail opens up, and a sign commemorates the gift by the trail’s namesake, Dorothy G. Adler, near a trail log. A quick check of the register disclosed a reported sighting of a bear and a coyote on the trails about a week or so prior. We didn’t see either of those things, but plenty of red squirrels and birds along the moss-lined paths.

Carrying Place Cove visible through the trees from Carrying Place Cove Trail, Ingersoll Point Preserve, Addison, ME

The mixed forest has the unique fairy woods feel of Downeast Maine. Split-log bridges provide passage over meandering brown streams. From the Carrying Place Cove trail, we could see across the low tide of the Cove to the opposite shore and a lobster pound. The trail wound up and down the forest above the Cove until reaching the beach, connecting to the Adler Woods and Wohoa Bay Trails.

Wohoa Bay from Wohoa Bay Trail, Ingersoll Point Preserve, Addison, ME

Here, the forest opens to wildflowers and below, the sea, with views of Wohoa Bay and the pine-covered Carrying Place Island. We saw the tracks of a small deer in the sand. The Wohoa Bay Trail continues south over the rocks and sand of the beach, then through tall grass to its westward course back through the forest. The only real elevation was a small, winding course up a small cliff. We saw a few people on the trail, but mostly had the forest and beach to ourselves, a rustic luxury for the Maine coast in summertime.

Moss-lined trail, Ingersoll Point Preserve, Addison, ME

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Mowry Beach (Lubec, ME)

Mowry Beach Trail from the Pleasant Street trailhead
Mowry Beach Trail from the Pleasant Street trailhead.

A short distance from downtown Lubec, the easternmost town in the U.S., Mowry Beach is a quiet 48-acre conservation area overlooking Deep Cove, Lubec Channel and Canada’s Campobello Island.  This area, managed by the Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC), offers a .4 mile trail from Lubec’s Consolidated School on South Street to a parking area at the end of Pleasant Street, including a 1,700 foot boardwalk.  The DCC publishes a map and brochure, available on their website.

View of downtown Lubec and the international bridge to Campobello from Mowry Beach
View of Lubec village and the international bridge to Campobello from Mowry Beach.

We learned of this beach through a great Cobscook Trails Map and Guide published by Cobscook Trails, with hikes throughout the Cobscook Bay region, a free and widely available (at local businesses) pamphlet which I would recommend for anyone exploring the area.  At the Pleasant Street end of the trail, which we accessed via a short walk from downtown, is 1,800 feet of shorefront along a sand beach.  According to guides, ancient tree stumps can be seen along the lower portions of the beach at low tide, a forest that was present during an era with lower water levels.

On the October day we visited, seals were active, using the rapidly outgoing tide to move swiftly east at waterskiing speeds in the Lubec Channel in search of food.  For sea-glass collectors, this working waterfront has a variety of shiny objects along the shore.  During our walk, we also encountered two people helpfully picking up any garbage left on the beach.

Boardwalk on Mowry Beach Trail
Boardwalk on Mowry Beach Trail.

We turned into the trail, passing bright beach rose bushes. The trail and boardwalk are alive with birds, and we startled a large bird of prey that had been resting in a tree next to the boardwalk, which took off almost straight up, like a rocket (which, in turn, startled us).  DCC’s guide lists rough-legged hawks, northern harriers, and northern shrikes as frequent visitors to the conservation area.

Mowry Beach conservation area from the playground of Lubec Consolidated School
Mowry Beach conservation area from the playground of Lubec Consolidated School.

We continued through the coastal bog and an area lined with cattails and small trees, emerging behind the Lubec Consolidated School.  For those with mobility issues, intimidated by longer hikes, or entertaining smaller children, this relatively short walk on wide paths and boardwalk is a great side excursion from the village of Lubec.