Fernald’s Neck Preserve

Camden, Maine 4847

Fernald’s Neck Preserve

Fernald’s Neck Preserve Professional Review and Guide

"The mostly flat hike around Fernald’s Neck offers fine views of Lake Megunticook and opportunities for swimming. The lake is surrounded by mountains, most notably the Camden Hills to the east. Maiden Cliff rises dramatically across the lake from the hike, visible from several viewpoints.

The hike is through a forest of mostly old-growth white and red pine and hemlock, and passes the huge boulder known as Balance Rock. Even though this is a popular preserve, you can still have real solitude as you hike through the woods."

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"A hike on a peninsula jutting into a scenic lake, a preserve held by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). The peninsula boasts cliffs and a large freshwater bog. Although Fernalds Neck is close to Camden Hills State Park, it is overlooked by the majority of hikers visiting the area. Here you can find peace and tranquility, a natural area all to yourself. General location: Midcoast Maine, west of Camden in Waldo and Knox counties."

"Circumnavigate Fernald’s Neck while enjoying impressive old growth forests of pine and hemlock and miles of scenic Megunticook Lake shorefront. The 328-acre Fernald’s Neck Preserve occupies a sizeable portion of a large peninsula that juts out into the center of Megunticook Lake. Five color-coded
trails combine for a wonderful tour of the property, with its 4 miles of pretty lakefront and great stands of mature forests.

Owned and managed by the Coastal Mountains Land Trust, Fernald’s Neck was protected for conservation in 1969, after the threat of development motivated local citizens to take serious action to preserve the natural beauty of this scenic gem as well as the water quality of the lake. The Nature Conservancy, which assisted with the conservation deal, became the owner of the initial 285 acres upon completion of the purchase."

"The mostly flat hike around Fernald’s Neck offers fine views of Lake Megunticook and opportunities for swimming. The lake is surrounded by mountains, most notably the Camden Hills to the east. Maiden Cliff rises dramatically across the lake from the hike, visible from several viewpoints.

The hike is through a forest of mostly old-growth white and red pine and hemlock, and passes the huge boulder known as Balance Rock. Even though this is a popular preserve, you can still have real solitude as you hike through the woods."

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Trail Information

Camden
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
3.6
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
2-3 hours
Duration
May-Oct
Season
Skiing
Additional Use

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Oct 2018