Ash Point Preserve
Town: Owls Head
Miles of Trail: 1.1
This coastal spruce forest has an amazing 2,140-foot granite shoreline with spectacular views of Penobscot Bay and Ash Island. Conserved in 1986 and later donated in 2017, Ash Point Preserve has become a community gem engaging locals and community groups like Outward Bound.
Dramatic, disturbed forests and mossy stones line the path to views of a stunning Maine coastline. On the way you'll notice how strong winds tip trees and provide habitat for small critters. Wave-fed tide pools sit among the great stones.
While the trails are typically flat with occasional low grades, roots creating stepping hazards are common. The Granite Point Trail offers the easiest and most direct hike to the coast with some large rocks and roots to avoid or step over. The Hermit Trail is similar with some narrow sections close to the shore. The Muscle Ridge trail offers a more difficult hike with many steps and short slopes in addition to seasonal flooding and ice.
From Rockland, drive south on Route 73, turn left onto North Shore Drive, and turn right onto Ash Point Drive. Travel 2.5 miles to the parking lot on the left. If the lot is full, please carefully park along the road shoulder.