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Boot Head Preserve, Lubec

Looking for that stunning shot of rock coast, water, and sky?

Maine is home to some world-class views. Particularly on the coast, with its 3,500 miles (give or take) of shoreline and thousands of islands.

MCHT has protected some stellar scenic spots over the past 50 years, and these are some of our favorites.

Boot Head Preserve – Lubec, Maine

This part of Maine is known as the Bold Coast for a reason. Here, steep cliffs meet crashing waves and it’s possible to spot whales from the shoreline. MCHT has several preserves in the area, but this one boasts what is arguably the best view.

Lookout Rock Preserve – Brooksville, Maine

A short (albeit steep) walk rewards hikers with stunning, panoramic views of Eggemoggin Reach, Penobscot Bay, and beyond.

Harriman Point Preserve – Brooklin, Maine

One visitor describes this preserve’s beauty as “more subtle” but don’t be mistaken—it’s his favorite MCHT preserve of all. This is the Blue Hill Peninsula’s largest continuous stretch of coastline open to the public, and on a clear day the views across the Bay to Mount Desert Island from its remote beach will take your breath away.

Whaleboat Island Preserve – Harpswell, Maine

In popular and populous (well, for Maine standards) Casco Bay, this is the largest wild island! From the meadow running across the center of the island, views are incredible every which way you look. And if you visit in early fall, be on the lookout for migrating hawks.