Coastal Land Trusts - Weskeag Marsh Preserve (South Thomaston), Plaisted Preserve (Owls Head), and McLellan-Poor Preserve (Northport)
I had an errand to do in Thomaston so decided to explore three coastal land trust properties that I had not previously visited.
Weskeag Marsh Preserve
Weskeag Marsh Preserve is a 132 acre Maine Coast Heritage Trust preserve in South Thomaston. The preserve features a mile-long grassy loop trail running adjacent to woodlands as it skirts the perimeter of a large open field. The trail leads down to the marshy shore of the Weskeag River.
Plaisted Preserve is a beautiful 17 acre municipally owned property is jointly managed with the Georges River Land Trust, which holds a conservation easement on the property. A 0.8 mile trail leads through a coastal forest to a small ocean beach.
The 66 acre McLellan-Poor Preserve is managed by the Coastal Mountains Land Trust and features around 2.5 miles of wooded trails overlooking the Belfast Reservoir. I have driven past the preserve's parking lot on Route One many times over the years and assumed that it was a small grassy preserve based on what is visible from the highway. I was happy to discover that the preserve is almost entirely wooded with the exception of the small grassy area off Route One. Today I hiked the one mile Overlook Loop.