Today was the last of our three day camping, hiking and photography adventure. After spending a peaceful night at Lobster Buoy Campground in South Thomaston, we set out to explore three land trust properties before heading home.
Harkness Preserve is a 23 acre preserve managed by the Coastal Mountains Land Trust. The preserve has well maintained trails that lead to beautiful views of Rockport Harbor. Here is a map of our hike.
Aldermere Farm Ocean Trail
While hiking at Harkness, we ran into another hiker that recommended this trail. Aldermere Farm is managed by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and the main part of the preserve is dedicated to agricultural programming involving cattle. This trail was not part of the farm, however, and meanders through coastal woodlands before opening up to a rocky beach with views of West Penobscot Bay.
Parking for the trail is near the clubhouse for the Megunticook Golf Course. There are signs at the lot advising no trespassing; however, those signs are meant to discourage people from trespassing onto the golf course from the parking lot. The lot itself is open to the public (although being next to a golf course, there are signs warning that you are parking at your own risk). The trail itself was 0.7 miles round-trip.
Here is a map of our hike.
The final stop of our trip was Simonton Quarry, a property managed by the Coastal Mountains Land Trust. There are no marked trails, although there are short paths leading to the quarries. Here is a map of our walk. For more information on the quarry visit https://www.coastalmountains.org/get-outside.