Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge

Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge

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Sue W
Madison855 contributions
Sep 2022
We hiked the Birch and Lobster Point trails. There is a fairly decent sized parking area at the Birch trail head. There were only a couple of cars when we arrived on a Thursday in September. The trail starts off in a mass of blueberry fields. Unfortunately for us, it was past blueberry picking season. As a note, you can only hand pick the blueberries, no rakes are allowed. The trail then enters the woods, and you are in the woods until you reach the water. The trail is gravel/natural mulch which makes for easy walking. There are some roots but it’s not too bad. In several wet areas, they have built boardwalks. There are some strategically placed adirondack chairs at various viewpoints of the water. They were very comfortable – what a great idea! So, if you plan ahead, you can pack a lunch and dine by the water :) As you hike along, there is a spur trail that takes you to Lobster Point. When you return to the main trail, the loop trail to Birch Point is not far away. Once you leave Birch Point, continue around the loop. There is a pretty narrow part through some low bushes that is cleared just enough for you to walk through. Then you come upon a very open, rocky space that is on the water. Another place that would be fun to hang out and have lunch. Finish the loop trail and head back to the parking lot on the original main trail. This isn’t a hike that will get your heartbeat up; however, it is an enjoyable walk with some great water views. It took us about 2 ½ hours but we lollygagged around quite a bit. There were some bugs but they weren’t too bad in September.
Written September 29, 2022
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NCtravelz
Raleigh, NC1,061 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
Hollomgsworth Trail was a great, easy hike. Very few other people for a weekend. Lots of wild blueberries. 1.5 mile loop, mostly flat with a little mud (from recent rain) and scrambling. Lovely water views. Took us under and hour. Parking across from trailhead.
Written August 22, 2021
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caroleso
Finger Lakes, NY27 contributions
Aug 2017 • Couples
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!
Written July 9, 2018
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fdoll
Indonesia204 contributions
Sep 2015 • Friends
The Petit Manan refuge has two main trails to hike. One is a 1.5 mile loop, the other is a 4 mile loop. There are some rocky areas to climb over, as well as root systems to climb over, so not handicapped accessible for sure. There are great views and some sign posts explaining different plants and animals along the way. The shorter trail comes out to a beach which is good for swimming at high tide, or for tide pool exploring at low tide. There are views of lighthouses and lobster boats. To get to it, you drive to the end of Pigeon Hill Road in Steuben. There are gravel parking areas with signs to lead you on your way. You can pick blueberries there in season.
Written February 3, 2016
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alexandra9007
Philadelphia, PA610 contributions
Sep 2019
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.
Written September 26, 2019
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alexandra9007
Philadelphia, PA610 contributions
Sep 2017 • Couples
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.
Written February 25, 2018
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mary
9 contributions
Aug 2019
Lovely nature preserve with several choices of trails. Easy, well maintained trails suitable for seniors, children and dogs.
Written September 15, 2019
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Porto456
Littleton, MA77 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
We went on a beautiful hike to the water. It was a beautiful summer day, but only saw a few other families. Very peaceful.
Written August 14, 2019
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Marlee33
70 contributions
Aug 2017 • Friends
Beautiful scenes of puffins, osprey, eagles, seals, & an occasional porpoise or whale. All in the general area near & around this famous Maine landmark. Robertson Sea Tours & Adventures out of Milbridge, ME gave us a wonderful experience for a reasonable price. Definitely a must do if you are in the area of Acadia National Park.
Written August 14, 2017
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DebbieGMadison_CT
Madison, CT207 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
We took the shorter trail (1.5 miles) to the shore. There is a longer trail (4 miles approximately) also. The information plaques along the way were very informative and pithy. Easy to get to in Steuben off Rt. 1. Saw plenty of hikers, but not crowded, including some dogs and swimmers (COLD!)
Written August 10, 2015
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