Ovens Mouth Preserve

Boothbay, Maine 04549

Ovens Mouth Preserve

Ovens Mouth Preserve Professional Review and Guide

"A lovely collection of trails near the popular Boothbay Harbor region. This land trust is owned and maintained by the Boothbay Region Land Trust (BRLT). It encompasses 146 acres, and dogs are permitted off-leash as long as they are kept under control. There are two loops separated by a salt marsh. You can park by the western trail system (off Dover Cross Road) and enjoy three different trails totaling 3 miles.

The trails are hard-packed dirt, and since most run alongside water, there are some terrific views of either Back River or Ovens Mouth River. The terrain is varied; all in all these trails are flat and easy to navigate. The trails are well marked with different-colored tree blazes. There are informational kiosks at both parking areas, and free maps are available."

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"Three miles of moderate hiking lead through pleasant woodlands and along the salt marshes, tidal rivers, and basins of the secretive Ovens Mouth.

Ovens Mouth is home to a variety of wildlife, including bald eagles, osprey, ducks, wading birds, otters, and harbor seals. Once almost entirely cleared for farm and pasture land, a large portion of the forest canopy on the heavily wooded property is now composed of eastern white pine. Five miles of trails wend through Ovens Mouth Preserve, tracing a route around the shoreline of both peninsulas and crisscrossing the interior, allowing for extensive exploration of its woodlands, coves, and salt marshes. From the information kiosk at the western trailhead, take the wide trail easily uphill through the oak-and-pine forest, following white and blue blazes."

"The Eastern Shore Loop follows the shore of Cross River— what appears to be a lake surrounded by evergreens but is actually a bay. The trail reaches a rocky point where the river flows out into this bay. The river’s narrow channel between rock walls is the Ovens Mouth.

The tidal current carries water in or out of the bay at an astonishing speed. A bridge over an inlet connects the Ovens Mouth East and West Trails. The return hike on the Eastern Loop follows along the edge of a marsh at the head of the inlet."

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Trail Information

Boothbay
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
4.5
Distance
Several options
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2.5 hours
Duration

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Nov 2018