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Loring Cove, Perry

This 13-acre preserve invites visitors to explore a secluded cove and gravel beach on the shores of Passamaquoddy Bay.

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Loring Cove is good for:

  • Walking – Around low tide, enjoy stunning views of sea cliffs, Passamaquoddy Bay, and St. Andrews, Canada.
  • Wildlife Observation – Pack your binoculars to catch a glimpse of songbirds calling within the preserve’s mixed forests as well as waterfowl and wading birds feeding offshore and in the saltmarsh.
  • Boating – Launch your small boat or kayak to explore the coves and scenic shores of Passamaquoddy Bay.

How to get there

From Route 1 in Perry, follow the Shore Road as it heads east and then north. In 3.3 miles, turn right onto Gin Cove Road. Drive 0.4 mile to the parking area on the right. Be aware that the shore access and beach are used by commercial fishermen who do have permission to take their vehicles to the beach. We ask that others refrain from taking their vehicles on the beach.

Follow the road that leads 0.1 mile to the cove and, when the water is low enough (typically 3-4 hours on either side of low tide), continues to the preserve’s gravel beach. During low tide, it is possible to continue along the shore on abutting properties and enjoy stunning views of sea cliffs, Passamaquoddy Bay, and St. Andrews, Canada.

Get directions from Google Maps Printable Preserve Map

For a complete map with legend and guidelines, click on the Printable Preserve Map above.

Notes on topography, flora, and fauna

The Loring Cove Preserve includes 13 acres of mixed maturing forest and tidal wetland, with 1,700 feet of saltwater frontage on Loring Cove on Passamaquoddy Bay. Loring Cove’s signature feature is its gravel barrier beach that stretches north across the front of a fringing salt marsh, with a narrow spit forming the southern edge of the tidal channel.

Though small, the preserve also offers a good mix of habitat types, with both forested uplands and wetlands, early and later-successional forests, and fringing Spartina saltmarsh. Loring Cove is also home to state-designated Significant Tidal Waterfowl and Wading Bird Habitat within an emergent wetland complex. The saltmarsh, though not extensive, provides excellent habitat for numerous species of waterfowl, wading birds and shorebirds.

History of land use

What is now the Loring Cove Preserve has historically been used by fishermen since the 1800s. Fish weirs to capture herring were constructed around the cove; these were tended until around 2000. Commercial fishermen continue to use this site to access the water and tend a weir built in 2019.

How this place became open to the public

MCHT acquired the Loring Cove Preserve in 2016.

Preserve information/guidelines

  • No Camping Permitted
  • No Fires Permitted
  • Carry Out All Trash
    • Including Human and Pet Waste and Toilet Paper
  • Keep Pets Under Control
  • Please Respect the Privacy of Preserve Neighbors