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Hamilton Cove

Hamilton Cove Preserve embodies the rugged character that gives Maine's Bold Coast its name. This 1225-acre preserve provides opportunities to experience some of Maine's most remote and wild terrain - cobble beaches, sheer cliffs and rocky promontories. Several cobble beaches and Lawrence Head, a rocky promontory with dramatic views of the cliffs on Grand Manan, lie along the 1.5 miles of shoreline. A small stream, Hamilton Brook, runs through the middle of the property, enhancing the diversity of plant and animal life. The summit of Benny's Mountain on the inland side of the road offers expansive views.

More than 25 different types of plant communities thrive at Hamilton Cove, including a high number of bogs, fens, and other wetlands that provide habitat for several uncommon plants including baked-apple berry, Labrador tea, roseroot sedum and beachhead iris. There are also grasslands, barrens, and unusually large patches of low-growing alder. The preserve's diverse habitats support numerous migratory and resident birds including bald eagles.

Hamilton Cove enjoys a long history of human activity. The original land grants date back to the early 1800s. A portion of an existing trail follows an old dam that was built to support a local mill. Several ships were built on the property in a shipyard located near the mouth of Hamilton Stream. MCHT acquired the first of 4 parcels that now comprise the preserve in 1993.

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Download a printable preserve map (PDF)

Preserve information/guidelines

  • No Camping Permitted
  • Fires By Permit Only - Maine State Law 
  • Contact Lubec Fire Department at 207-733-4641 for a permit
    • Keep All Fires Below High Tide Line
    • Do Not Cut or Break Tree Limbs, Dead or Alive
    • Leave No Fire Unattended
    • Completely Extinguish All Fires
  • Stay on Established Trails 
    • Foot Traffic Only - Trails Are Not Suitable for Wheeled Vehicles
    • Visitors Can Inadvertently Disturb Thin Soils and Fragile Vegetation Along the Cliffs, That is Slow to Regenerate
  • Carry Out All Trash 
    • Including Human and Pet Waste and Toilet Paper
  • Keep Pets Under Control
  • Please Respect the Privacy of Preserve Neighbors
  • Do Not Remove Archaeological Artifacts


From Lubec: Take the South Lubec Road toward Quoddy Head State Park and bear right when the road forks. Travel 2.4 miles to a small parking area on your left.

From Route 1: Take Route 189 for 5.8 miles. Turn right and follow Route 191 for 2.8 miles. Turn left and travel on the Boot Cove Road for 3.5 miles. A small parking area will be on your right.