Lobster Cove Meadow Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This short hike passes through several distinct ecosystems. First you descend through a mixed forest along a small stream. Then you cross a large meadow on your way to Meadow Cove Creek. The trail follows along the marshy creek, then crosses the southern edge of the meadow before passing through a sandy flat. The hike returns to the trailhead over a small hill through a pine forest with an understory of rocks, moss, and showy white wildflowers.
The hike begins by following a hosta-lined path across someone’s yard to an old woods road, a reminder that people have been using this land for generations. The woods road descends along a small stream to a large meadow. The trail crosses the meadow—once a pasture—to Meadow Cove Creek. The winding stream with marshy edges is kept full by a dam downstream, originally built to create a pond here. In winters the ice was commercially harvested and shipped to cities to the south. It was a thriving business until refrigeration. After commercial icing ended, beavers kept the valley flooded for their own purposes. Today the Boothbay Regional Land Trust maintains the dam to save the historic character of the stream."