I hiked two trails this morning in the Maine Coastal Island National Wildlife Refuge - the Salt Marsh and the Corea Heath Trails.
The 9,478 acre Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge Complex consists of five individual refuges along Maine's coast.
Salt Marsh Trail - Gouldsboro Bay Division
The Gouldsboro Bay Division, in Gouldsboro, protects 635 acres, including mature upland forest and a large tidal saltmarsh and mudflat. It shares a parking lot with the Frenchman Bay Conservancy's 438 acre Frances B. Wood Preserve.
The Salt Marsh Trail is a 1.6 mile trail that leads through a conifer forest to two observation platforms with views of the salt marsh. There were no human footprints in the day old snow that covered the trail. A few downed trees and icy slopes provided an obstacle course feel to an otherwise beautiful trail.
Corea Heath Trail - Corea Heath Division
The Corea Heath Division consists of 431 acres of coastal peatland previously owned by the U.S. Navy.
The Corea Heath Trail is a 0.4 mile handicapped accessible trail that leads to an observation platform overlooking a coastal plateau bog. This is an easy flat trail with expansive views of the heath.