Thorne Head

Bath, Maine

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Thorne Head Preserve offers miles of hiking trails that crisscross old farmland and pastures, follow the shore of the Kennebec River as it slides silently through The Narrows, and climbs to a rocky overlook of the wide, island-filled confluence of the Kennebec River and Whiskeag Creek. The hike described here follows most, but not all, of the trails in the preserve. Shipbuilding has always been important to the lower Kennebec River. The first settlers to the region—and England’s first attempt create a permanent settlement in what is now the United States—founded Popham near the mouth of the Kennebec. They built the first ship constructed in Britain’s North American colonies.
Best Easy Day Hikes Portland, Maine

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by Greg Westrich (Falcon Guides)

Thorne Head Preserve offers miles of hiking trails that crisscross old farmland and pastures, follow the shore of the Kennebec River as it slides silently through The Narrows, and climbs to a rocky overlook of the wide, island-filled confluence of the Kennebec River and Whiskeag Creek. The hike described here follows most, but not all, of the trails in the preserve.

Shipbuilding has always been important to the lower Kennebec River. The first settlers to the region—and England’s first attempt create a permanent settlement in what is now the United States—founded Popham near the mouth of the Kennebec. They built the first ship constructed in Britain’s North American colonies.

© 2016 Greg Westrich/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bath
Distance: 2.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, (207) 442-8400
Local Maps: DeLorme: Maine Atlas & Gazetteer map 6; USGS Bath
Driving Directions: Directions to Thorne Head

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