Holbrook Island Sanctuary

Brooksville, Maine

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A series of coastal and inland hiking trails in an undeveloped parcel of Maine’s state park system, on a remote, wild peninsula on East Penobscot Bay. Special attractions: Good place to view different shorebirds. A pamphlet entitled “Checklist of the Birds” is available at the sanctuary. Also, Cape Rosier is home to the famous Nearing Homestead. Backshore Trail begins to the left of a trailhead sign and takes off through a field. Follow the trail to a fork; go right here. At 100 feet from the fork, you’ll see an old cemetery with stones dating back to 1839. Look across the field in the direction you just came from and see a beautifully-laid stone fence. Huge, ancient ash trees grow along the fence now, but it is not difficult to imagine the land as it was in 1839, when the stone fence was a prominent landmark.
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Hiking Maine

by Tom Seymour (Falcon Guides)

A series of coastal and inland hiking trails in an undeveloped parcel of Maine’s state park system, on a remote, wild peninsula on East Penobscot Bay. Special attractions: Good place to view different shorebirds. A pamphlet entitled “Checklist of the Birds” is available at the sanctuary. Also, Cape Rosier is home to the famous Nearing Homestead.

Backshore Trail begins to the left of a trailhead sign and takes off through a field. Follow the trail to a fork; go right here. At 100 feet from the fork, you’ll see an old cemetery with stones dating back to 1839. Look across the field in the direction you just came from and see a beautifully-laid stone fence. Huge, ancient ash trees grow along the fence now, but it is not difficult to imagine the land as it was in 1839, when the stone fence was a prominent landmark.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Brooksville
Distance: 3.2
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: Varies. There are three short hikes included in this eTrail.
Season: Open year-round
Local Maps: DeLorme's The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Holbrook Island Sanctuary

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