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Not a National Park

I am noticing comparison notes between the Boothbay region & Bar Harbor, with the plus of Acadia National Park mentioned for Bar Harbor. The park is wonderful & definitely something to visit. For Boothbay though, lots of folks are not aware of The Boothbay Land Trust lands. They are a variety of natural sites, set aside for year round public use. There are at least 15 such recreational areas to hike, bird watch, picnic, seal watch; explore where saw mills, grist mills & iceworks are part of the local history; hike a saltwater farm & observe wildlife; see views of the bays & out islands etc. Boothbay has outdoor activities year round. Ice skating, walking, snow shoeing & cross country are all available. And, when you want to come inside, a number of spas with special services are available in addition to year round B&Bs.

Bar Harbor, Maine
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I was not aware, in fact, of The Boothbay Land Trust lands. Are there marked hiking trails? Is there a web site you can point us to??

Southern Maine
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When we were camping there last summer, we came across a brochure for those lands, with maps. The two we were near were well marked with signs. We look forward to exploring more next year. Is there a web site? Do people cross-country ski on those trails?

Boothbay, Maine
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3. Re: Not a National Park

You can find the Boothbay Region Land Trust office downtown at 1 Oak Street. You can also check out the website at www.bbrlt.org.

There is a Trail Guide, which is a 4-fold overview of the properties, & there are also individual brochures for each. We maintain an information area at our inn, which is across the street from the Trevett Post Office & nearest to Gregory Trail, Porter's Preserve & Schoolhouse Pond. If you can't locate a map elsewhere, stop by & we'd be happy to give you one. We try to stock all local area recreation, shopping & boat excursion rack cards.

Maine
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Hi Bonniemaev,

The Boothbay Region Land Trust trails along with the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens are beautiful and well worth a trip. I've hiked just about all the trails at the Gardens along with the Porter Preserve, the Gregory Trail and Oven's Mouth trails of the Land Trust. My favorite is the Porter Preserve where there are stunning vistas of water, coves, inlets and even a sandy beach at every turn! Keep in mind these are not geared towards the expert hiker who wants to be challenged and do mountain climbing. But they're not boring either and one can take shorter or longer routes and enjoyy or be challenged.

Trails at both sites are very well marked. And at each of the Land Trusts trails, there is designated parking along with a kiosk w/ maps of the trails one can take with them, as well as interesting info about the property.

Regarding the Botancial Gardens. I think they are the largest on the east coast or possibly in this country and are quite charming. Along with gardens, there are sculptures, statues, a meditation pond and great views of the water. They are open, btw, year round.

The new Visitor Center itself is worth a trip w/a revolving art show, exhibits, and a wonderful little cafe which has indoor and outdoor seating. They also offer all kinds of planned activities ie guided walks, lectures, etc. The Land Trust does also.

If you ever get around to checking out either of the above, be sure to post and let us know what you think :).

cozyharbor

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