Hikes in the Taunton Bay Area

Misha Mytar – Hiking Trails in and near the Taunton Bay Watershed

Friends of Taunton Bay

July 19, 2013

Tunk Mountain (Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands) – This is one of the more difficult hikes in the area and offers some of the most dramatic views. The trail was formalized and improved just a few years ago. http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/tunk-mountain/

Hidden Ponds Trail (Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands) – This is an easier loop trail option from the Tunk Mountain trailhead, which highlights Salmon and Little Long ponds.  http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/tunk-mountain/

Caribou Mountain and Black Mountains (Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands)Several trails link together to create a network of over 6 miles that accesses three peaks and beautiful ponds. http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/donnell-pond-public-reserved-land-caribou-loop/

Schoodic Mountain and Schoodic Beach (Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands) – Hike Schoodic Mountain for beautiful views of Schoodic Bog and Mount Desert Island and finish with a swim in Donnell Pond. http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/donnell-pond-public-reserve-land-schoodic-mountain-and-beach-trails/

Down East Sunrise Trail (Maine Division of Parks and Public Lands and Sunrise Trail Coalition) – This is an 85-mile multi-use trail and one of its most scenic sections traveling through the Taunton Bay watershed. http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/down-east-sunrise-trail/ or http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/maps/dest_washingtonjunction_cherryfield.pdf

Schoodic Bog (Frenchman Bay Conservancy) – Hiking access to this 500-acre preserve is over old roads off the Punkin Ledge Road and the Down East Sunrise Trail. http://frenchmanbay.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=17&Itemid=32

Long Ledges and Baker Hill (Frenchman Bay Conservancy) – Combined, this preserve and public access conservation easement total over 350 acres. A network of trails feature occasional vistas, moss-covered granite outcroppings and vernal pools. http://frenchmanbay.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15&Itemid=34 and http://frenchmanbay.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12&Itemid=18

Tucker Mountain (Frenchman Bay Conservancy) – A steep short climb from Route 1 rewards you with views of Mount Desert Island from this public access conservation easement property. http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/tucker-mountain-trail/

Old Pond Railway Trail (Crabtree Neck Land Trust and Frenchman Bay Conservancy). Collaborative project between several organizations has secured access to a section of the old Maine Shoreline Railroad bed. Highlights include restored trestle bride across Old Pond.  http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/old-pond-railway-trail/

Little Tunk Pond (Frenchman Bay Conservancy) – A short trail leads to a swimming beach with beautiful views of Black Mountain. http://www.mainetrailfinder.com/trails/trail/little-tunk-pond-preserve/

 

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