This short trail connects to others in Blue Hill, all managed and maintained by the Blue Hill Land Trust. These trails make it possible to travel through Blue Hill Village without having to walk on major paved roads. The John Murphy Trail is made of crushed gravel so that strollers and those using mobility devices like walkers and wheelchairs can also enjoy this path through the woods right in the heart of the village.
Important note: The John Murphy Trail and other trails through Blue Hill Village cross conservation easement lands owned by private landowners. As the Blue Hill Land Trust website reads: “Public access is made possible by the generosity of the landowners. Please take extra care to stay on marked trails and leave the land as you found it.”
Closest Town: Blue Hill
Activities: Hiking, Wildlife Watching, Bird Watching, Dog Walking (on leash), Snowshoeing, Cross-country Skiing
Region: Downeast Maine – Hancock & Washington
Directions: The John Murphy trailhead is reachable if you park at the Blue Hill Congregational Church at 22 Tenney Hill or if you park along Tenney Hill/Main Street. One note: please do not park at the Congregational Church during their service hours (10:00 a.m. on Sundays).
Banner photo: Monarch butterfly in Blue Hill, by NRCM member Leda Beth Gray