Saco Heath

Saco, Maine

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The Saco Heath Trail winds through increasingly wet forest before emerging onto the heath. The boardwalk crosses open heath, dotted with scrub pines, to a slight height of land that supports a forest. This is the southernmost peat bog in Maine. Along the boardwalk you can find northern bog species as well as more southern species, making it a unique ecosystem. Saco Heath is the farthest south raised peat bog in Maine. It was formed about 9,000 years ago after the glaciers retreated. The heath formed when two acidic lakes became choked with partially decomposed plant material. Over time a dome of sphagnum moss grew over the water. Today, in places, there is 20 feet of saturated peat and moss beneath the boardwalk.
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by Greg Westrich (Falcon Guides)

The Saco Heath Trail winds through increasingly wet forest before emerging onto the heath. The boardwalk crosses open heath, dotted with scrub pines, to a slight height of land that supports a forest. This is the southernmost peat bog in Maine. Along the boardwalk you can find northern bog species as well as more southern species, making it a unique ecosystem.

Saco Heath is the farthest south raised peat bog in Maine.
It was formed about 9,000 years ago after the glaciers retreated. The heath formed when two acidic lakes became choked with partially decomposed plant material. Over time a dome of sphagnum moss grew over the water. Today, in places, there is 20 feet of saturated peat and moss beneath the boardwalk.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Saco
Distance: 2.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1- 2 hours
Season: May-Oct
Local Contacts: The Nature Conservancy, www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/ unitedstates/maine
Local Maps: DeLorme: Maine Atlas & Gazetteer map 3; USGS Old Orchard Beach
Driving Directions: Directions to Saco Heath

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