Local Natural Wonders - Day 65
Local Natural Wonders Day 65 - Coos Canyon in Byron, Maine
Coos Canyon is located just off of Route 17 scenic highway in Byron. This beautiful canyon has been carved out by the Swift River and is easily accessed - park in the gravel parking lot to the right side of the road (heading north) and walk down to the river below. A short way down river there is a waterfall, and you can climb down below the falls and go for a swim in the calmer pools past the falls. Climb along the rocks or walk the tr…
Local Natural Wonders - Day 64
Local Natural Wonders Day 64 - Powell Point Trail in Freeport, Maine
This 0.8 mile family-friendly, wooded trail has a couple of short, steep hills but ends with a spectacular view of Cousins River and Royal River before leading to Casco Bay. A side trail passes a salt marsh, which is also worth exploring. The beginning of the trail has a large amount of tree roots, which can be a fun obstacle for children to climb over. Wet or muddy areas are covered with planks.
Directions from FC…
Local Natural Wonders - Day 63
Local Natural Wonders - Day 63 - Arethusa Falls in Crawford Notch, New Hampshire
Arethusa Falls is New Hampshires tallest and most impressive waterfall. Estimated to be 200 feet tall, this waterfall is well worth the 1.5 mile hike to reach it. The trail gains about 900 feet in elevation and is manageable for families and unexperienced hikers.
Edward Tuckerman discovered Arethusa Falls in the late 1800s. The falls get their name from the poem, “Arethusa,” written by Percy Bysshe Shelley, about a…
Local Natural Wonders - Day 62
Local Natural Wonders Day 62 - Flagstaff Lake in Carrabassett Valley, Maine
At 20,300 acres, Flagstaff Lake is the 4th largest lake in Maine and is man-made (so it is not a natural wonder, but it has an interesting story). Where this lake lies was once Flagstaff Village and Dead River Plantation, but in 1950 the towns were flooded, creating Flagstaff Lake - a product of the era of hydroelectric power in Maine. In 1950 the Long Falls Dam was completed, which became important for regulating water…
Local Natural Wonders - Day 61
Local Natural Wonders Day 61 - Quoddy Head State Park in Lubec, Maine
Quoddy Head State Park is located on the easternmost point of land in the continental United States in the town of Lubec, Maine. With 541 acres and 4.5 miles of hiking trails, forests, bogs, incredible scenic views and a red-and-white striped lighthouse tower (West Quoddy Head Light), this state park is one not to miss.
From the Maine State Parks Website:
In 1808, West Quoddy Head Light became the easternmost lighthouse in …
Local Natural Wonders - Day 60
Local Natural Wonders Day 60 - Newfound Lake, Bristol, NH
Newfound Lake is known as one of the cleanest lakes in the world! It’s clear, pristine water is fed by eight springs. At 2.5 miles wide, seven miles long, and 168 feet and 183 feet deep at two different points, it is also one of the deepest lakes in New Hampshire. This lake has two lighthouses - Newfound Light House at Paradise Point Lodge on Route 3A in Bridgewater and Reed Lighthouse next to the Ledges on W. Shore Rd.
Local Natural Wonders - Day 59
Local Natural Wonders - Day 59 - Hamilton Audubon Preserve in West Bath, Maine
Hamilton Audubon Sanctuary is an 86 acre preserve on a peninsula in the New Meadows River. A 2.75-mile trail system winds through the coastal forest and side trails lead to beautiful vistas overlooking the cove’s channels, salt marsh, mud flats, and open water.
Take the New Meadows exit off US Route 1 in West Bath. Turn left onto New Meadows Road and go straight ahead at the stop sign. Here New Meadows Ro…
Local Natural Wonders - Day 58
Local Natural Wonders Day 58 - Hawk Mountain in Waterford, Maine
Hawk Mountain - within Hatch Preserve - offers a short (about 20 minutes) moderate hike with some incline, gravel and rocky terrain. There are three miles and a few options for trails to the summit. The views of the Lake Region from the summit are incredible, especially for a smaller mountain. This trail is perfect for beginning hikers and families any time of year. It’s an ideal spot for snowshoeing in the winter. Parking is loca…
Local Natural Wonders - Day 57
Local Natural Wonders Day 57 - French Mountain in Belgrade, Maine
French Mountain offers a relatively easy loop trail, about .8 miles long, with several lookouts along a short ridgeline that offer perfect views of Long Pond, Great Pond, Belgrade Lakes Village, and surrounding mountains. This hike provides gorgeous vistas for such a short hike and less than 800 feet in elevation.
The trail heads east from the parking area and soon splits at the trail information kiosk, where hikers can choose e…
Local Natural Wonders - Day 56
Local Natural Wonders Day 56 - Kenyon Hill Preserve in South Berwick, Maine
This preserve is 108 acres and includes a one mile, somewhat hilly trail and some pretty massive boulders! Great Works Regional Land Trust describes the preserve as containing “house-size glacial erratic boulders.” The preserve also contains blueberry bushes, wetlands, old rock walls and foundations. Great Works Land Trust offers a self-guided hike packet about the geology and history of this land and it even includes a…