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Great Wass Preserve

Published on May 18, 2017 by Maria Lamb

Trail System

Download a map of the Great Wass Island Preserve's trails

The Little Cape Point trailhead is located at the eastern edge of the parking lot; the Mudhole Trail branches to the east 100 yards south of the trailhead. The two trails intersect at the south end of the island. Due to the extent of exposed bedrock and uneven terrain, the trails may be difficult or even dangerous in bad weather. Hikers should be particularly careful when hiking in dense fog – a frequent feature of the preserve. Please come well prepared for any kind of weather and be sure to wear sturdy shoes suitable for a long hike through all kinds of terrain. Due to the terrain, your hike will take you longer than you think – you should allow yourself six hours to complete the full 4.5-mile loop.

Little Cape Point Trail (2.2 miles): The Little Cape Trail leads to the shore at Cape Cove and Little Cape Point. It winds through deep moss-floored spruce and fir forests interspersed with open ledges of jack pine woodland. After about a mile, these ledges offer beautiful views of a coastal raised bog. Further on, a boardwalk allows the visitor to walk through a sedge-shrub marsh without harming the vegetation. After the trail reaches the shore, it is just a short walk northeast along the shore to Little Cape Point (3-hour round trip).

Mud Hole Trail (2.3 miles): The left fork 100 feet east of the parking lot leads to the edge of a long, narrow, fjord-like tidal cove known as the Mud Hole. From there the trail winds east to Mud Hole Point, where there are spectacular views of the islands of Eastern Bay, and along the pink granite cliffs that are exposed to the waters of the Gulf of Maine. Just northwest of Little Cape Point, the trail takes you along a cobble beach formed by the force of the ocean. The Mud Hole Trail intersects the Little Cape Trail on Little Cape Point (4-hour round trip).

Visiting Guidelines

To learn more about the logic behind these rules, please read our complete list of preserve use policies.

Day use only, no camping
No fires
Carry out all trash, leave no trace
Bikes and motorized vehicles prohibited
No pets
Please stay on the trail

Lots more information here: https://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/great-wass-island.xml?redirect=https-301
DIRECTIONS

From Route 1, take Route 187 south to Jonesport. Turn south (at the Coast Guard Station) onto Bridge Street and cross the bridge over Moosabec Reach to Beals; turn left at the end of the bridge onto Bay View Drive. Continue approximately 1.1 miles to the causeway to Great Wass Island. Just beyond the causeway at the T-intersection turn right onto Black Duck Cove Road and continue 2 miles to a parking area on the left to access the trail.

Meet The Author
Maria received degrees in both business and psychology and had worked as both a travel professional and a real estate agent when she realized that she could combine both of her passions — travel and residential real estate and design. Managing vacation rental properties since 2003, she has spent countless hours obsessively networking with other vacation rental professionals. Her love for residential architecture and beautiful landscapes has led Maria to collect houses around the globe, including one purchased sight unseen on the Bay of Fundy in Canada. She’s also been lucky to live in some really cool locales – an 18th century carriage house on Beacon Hill in Boston, a medieval castle in Europe, several resorts in the Caribbean and Mexico, and a historic Spanish-eclectic Pacific view home in southern California. Maria currently divides her time between an artsy farmhouse in Machiasport, Maine, a quintessential cape house on Cape Cod and a beach cottage in tiny Phinney Cove, Nova Scotia. Oh, and her, oh-so-chaotic, home life consists of a musician hubby, two teenagers, four cats, two dogs and a diaper-wearing house-chicken.
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