There are more than 30 miles of scenic trails to enjoy that are part of the Boothbay Region Land Trust on the beautiful Boothbay Peninsula. A favorite of mine is the trail system making up the Lobster Cove and Appalachee preserves.

We arrived at the preserve shortly before 10 a.m. with the sun already high in the sky and the temperature having climbed to 77 degrees. It felt much cooler in the shade of the trees as we started downhill into the woods. 

The trails start at a granite monument inscribed “For the children” with a picture of an osprey on it. The path at the far left carries you on a short loop through the woods to Meadow Cove Creek. The middle one cuts through the meadow, while the path on the right runs through the woods, sharply downhill. All eventually lead to the wider ATV trail and the Historic Indian Trail and Appalachee Preserve.

After exploring the meadow area, we made our way to the blue-blazed ATV trail. We were quite surprised when a doe rather leisurely walked out of the woods behind us. She stopped long enough to pose for a picture before bounding off.

Bullfrogs were in full throat as we neared a marshy area. An osprey soared high overhead. A short distance from the shore we saw a beaver lodge, and this prompted us to look for pointed stumps left behind from when the beaver was building its home. 

Wild purple irises were in blossom along the muddy bank. Alongside a small wooden footbridge were dozens of lavender lupine, yellow and white daisies, buttercups and a patch of ruby red wild sweet William. 

An information sign at the bridge tells how in the 1880s, the Echo Lake Ice Co. dammed the creek here to form a large body of water where blocks of ice were cut and sold commercially — the ice industry petered out here in the early 1900s.

The Indian Trail begins on the opposite side of the bridge. It meanders beside the brook a short distance then veers off running uphill through the woods. It leads to the Appalachee Preserve and another mile-long loop that takes you past a peaceful pond of the same name.

Boothbay Region Land Trust, located at Oak Point Farm in Boothbay Harbor. Boothbay Harbor, has three ratings for their trails: easy, moderate and challenging. Lobster Cove Meadow and the Appalachee preserves are both rated as “moderate.” This probably is due to their length of roughly three miles, if you choose to do both in one visit. The terrain is hilly in spots, but the trails are dry, well-packed and easily followed. 

The preserves are open from sunup to sundown. Dogs are permitted but must be under the control of their owners. Parts of the trail system run close to private homes, so be respectful and always remain on the marked path.

Remember to take precautions against ticks; a nuisance we simply have to learn to cope with. 

The preserves are close to one another.

To access the Appalachee Trail, you need to cross Lobster Cove Meadow. At the traffic signal on Route 27 by Hannaford, turn left onto Route 96. Drive three-tenths of a mile and turn right onto Eastern Avenue. The parking area for both preserves is just past the Hometown Convenience store on the left near an informational kiosk. 

The Lobster Cove Meadow and Appalachee preserves have separate trail maps that can be downloaded by visiting bbrlt.org, where you can read about other land preserves under Boothbay Region Land Trust stewardship.

Phil Di Vece has resided in Maine since 1979 and written two books on Wiscasset history. He works as a freelance journalist and an active retiree at L.L. Bean in Freeport.