One of the great attractions of the Boothbay, Maine area — besides the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, the ocean, the harbor, the restaurants — is the Boothbay Region Land Trust. The Land Trust has conserved and maintains more than 30 preserves, many of which have well-marked trails on them, on the Boothbay peninsula and islands around it.
We’ve hiked more than half of the trails, each a unique exploration of meadows, forested upland, mixed forest, tidal marshes, freshwater wetlands, rivers, and quiet coves. The walks range from easy and only a mile or so (most of them) to moderate and longer, some as long as 4 miles.
Yesterday, we walked a new area, the Ocean Point Preserve in East Boothbay. It’s a short walk, about a mile on 25 acres that includes many blow-downs — looked like something cataclysmic occurred — as well as swampy areas, two ponds, and a marsh. The main feature at this time of year, other than the blow-downs, is a very healthy plethora of skunk cabbage.
Below are some photos from this “garden” spot.