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Bog Brook Cove

The sun rises early on a summer morning at Bog Brook Cove

This 1,770-acre preserve lies at the heart of Maine's Bold Coast, which stretches from Western Head in Cutler to Quoddy Head in Lubec. Some of the preserve's many exceptional natural features include nearly 3 miles of salt water frontage, bold headlands, gravel and cobble beaches, bluejoint meadows, coastal peatlands, and one of the only natural ponds in the towns of Cutler and Trescott - 10-acre Norse Pond. Bog Brook Cove's high rocky shore provides sweeping views across Grand Manan Channel to New Brunswick's Grand Manan Island.

The preserve showcases a scattering of rocky knolls separated by gently sloping ground, swampy flats, wet meadows, and small brooks (an estimated 40% of the property consists of wetland soils). The diverse habitat is home to a great variety of wildlife, including black bear, bobcat, and fisher. In addition, Bog Brook Cove has also enjoyed documented sightings of two birds rarely seen in Maine: yellow rail and upland sandpiper.

The preserve has a long history of human activity that has included farming and forestry. Today, roughly 80 acres of the preserve are managed for commercial blueberry harvesting. MCHT has created a guide for farmers wanting to transition to organic blueberry farming, Organic Wild Blueberry Culture: A Guide to Transitioning and Tending (PDF, 2.8mb).

The Bog Brook Preserve consists of multiple adjoining parcels, interspersed with privately-owned properties. MCHT acquired the first parcel in 2005, but the bulk of the preserve was purchased in 2008. There are several trails in the preserve and two separate parking lots. At Moose Cove, an 1100-foot handicapped accessible trail leads to a spectacular lookout over the Grand Manan Channel. Park at the northern access parking lot. The Norse Pond trail takes the hiker through deciduous and coniferous woodlands, up several rocky knolls and along the eastern side of Norse Pond and down to Bog Brook Cove Beach--the only public access to the beach. The southern access parking lot is the trailhead for the Pond, beach and brook.

With the adjacent 12,234-acre state-owned Cutler Coast Unit, Bog Brook Cove is part of the largest contiguous area of conservation land on the Maine coast outside of Acadia National Park.

---------- Preserve Boundary

Download a printable preserve map (PDF)

Preserve information/guidelines

  • No Camping Permitted
  • No Fires Permitted
  • Stay on Established Trails
    • Foot Traffic Only - Trails Are Not Suitable for Wheeled Vehicles
  • Carry Out All Trash
    • Including Human and Pet Waste and Toilet Paper
  • Keep Pets Under Control
  • Please Respect the Privacy of Preserve Neighbors
  • Please Don't Pick Privately Managed Blueberries

How to Get There: There are 2 main parking areas for the Bog Brook Cove Preserve, both off Route 191. The south entrance parking area, in Cutler, is 18.5 miles from the junction of Rte 1 and Rte. 191 in East Machias (5-6 miles from Cutler Village and 8.2 miles south of Rte. 189 in Lubec). Use this trailhead for Norse Pond and Bog Brook Cove Beach. The north entrance parking area, in Trescott, is 1.5 miles further north. From Rte. 191, turn onto Moose River Road, which is the only road with a small triangle of land in the middle of the turn (20 miles east of Rte. 1 in East Machias and 6.7 miles from Rte. 189 in Lubec). Continue 1.1 miles to the end of a private gravel road to the handicapped accessible parking area. Use this trailhead for the handicapped accessible trail, the beaches at Moose Cove and the Ridge Trail.