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Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge

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Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge

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alexandra9007 wrote a review Sep 2019
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania604 contributions113 helpful votes
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My husband and I visited Petit Manan for the second time in September 2019. There are two areas of hiking trails, and this review is specific to Hollingsworth Trail. To access this trail head, you should pass the main parking area/trail head (Birch). When the road converts from paved to mellow gravel, continue straight. You will see a small parking lot on the righthand side about a mile down the road. There are 5 or 6 parking spots. Hollingsworth Trail begins on the other side of the road. This is a 1.5 mile loop, and it is mostly level/flat, although you do have to go over rocks at certain points. It is a lovely hike with some shady forrest sections, but it also has a section that follows the water. This is just lovely. It does involve full sun, so I would recommend going in the morning as we did. It did feel hot even in late September. You see Petit Manan Lighthouse in the distance. We saw a lobster boat and water fowl. I thought it would have been a great spot for a picnic. We will definitely be back.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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mary wrote a review Sep 2019
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Lovely nature preserve with several choices of trails. Easy, well maintained trails suitable for seniors, children and dogs.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Porto456 wrote a review Aug 2019
Littleton, Massachusetts77 contributions25 helpful votes
We went on a beautiful hike to the water. It was a beautiful summer day, but only saw a few other families. Very peaceful.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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caroleso wrote a review Jul 2018
Finger Lakes, New York17 contributions8 helpful votes
We hiked the shorter loop - husband, large, leashed dog (with Mutt Mitts to clean up after him) and me. It's a lovely hike, very peaceful and quiet. Only three or four people on the beach at the end. There are lots of roots and rocks to climb over on the way to the ocean, and it is very hot in some places, but there are breaks where you are hiking under the trees in some shade. Once you arrive at the beach, there are long views out to sea and lighthouses. A beautiful pebble beach to swim or wade in, or walk along if it is low tide. Large, flat rocks to lie on or sit upon for a picnic. Be aware: not a difficult hike, but can be somewhat challenging (I am 65 and did it; I'm in decent shape but can have knee issues). Bring water! It can get hot. It's a great hike, with peace and quiet all the way through. Our German Shepherd loved the hike, but bring water for your dog, too. And please leash and clean up if you need to so that others may continue to hike with their dogs. Have fun!
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Date of experience: August 2017
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alexandra9007 wrote a review Feb 2018
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania604 contributions113 helpful votes
My husband and I did the Birch Point Trail during Labor Day Weekend of 2017. We had read about it as we were staying in Winter Harbor and looking for nearby activities. Parking was easy, and the trail map at the kiosk was helpful. We had missed blueberry picking season, although a few folks were looking for any remaining blueberries. It is nice and fun that you can blueberry pick as much as you want on this trail when the season is on. This trail is 4.2 miles round trip, and it is flat. We found it easy and enjoyable. Much of it is in the shade, which is great for me, but you end at the water which is lovely. When we heard a rustling amongst the trees, we stopped to look around. A porcupine was climbing a tree! We watched him get to the top and eat leaves. This was a wonderful surprise! We would absolutely go back next year! The varying colors, textures, and scenery make this hike worth it.
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Date of experience: September 2017
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