Day Tripper: Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport
The Beech Hill Preserve, managed by the Coastal Mountain Land Trust, offers ready access to one of the most scenic and multi-faceted conservation properties in the western Penobscot Bay region.
As the only bald hilltop in the area, Beech Hill is an extraordinary hiking, picnicking and birding destination that offers panoramic views of Penobscot Bay, the Camden hills and the St. George peninsula. The Preserve has the honor of being one of the official stops on the Maine Birding Trail with over 125 species on it’s checklist. The conservation program of this Preserve protects nearly 300 acres of land managed for grassland bird habitat, organic blueberry production, and scenic and historic preservation values.
August 2 Beech Hill was open to the public inviting anyone to pick wild Blueberries! It was a warm sunny day just perfect for hiking the 3/4 mile trail to the top of the hill. The blueberries were perfectly ripe, warm and fragrant, and so abundant it was easy to fill our baskets!