Saco Heath is a hiking trail in Saco, Maine. It is 1.2 miles long and begins at 139 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 43 feet. The Saco Heath Parking is near the trailhead.
Saco Heath Professional Reviews and 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."
--Greg Westrich, Best Easy Day Hikes Portland, Maine (Falcon Guides).
"A leisurely walk through a beautiful and unique peatland environment. Saco Heath is one of Maine’s most unique and fascinating natural ecosystems. The 1,300-acre preserve, bounded by suburban development and within earshot of interstate traffic, has the feel of an exotic, tranquil island. It is the southern-most example of a “coalesced domed bog” in North America, and the only known location in the world where Atlantic white cedar grows on this type of peatland. The preserve also harbors a wide range of flora and fauna including the state’s only population of Hessel’s hairstreak butterfly."
--Ty Wivell, Discover Maine (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
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