The Schoodic Bog property is located just south of Schoodic Mountain and Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land in Maine’s Downeast region. As the name suggests, the property’s key feature is Schoodic Bog, a quiet, pleasant 150-acre body of water that eventually drains into Hog Bay via Johnny Brook. The surface of the bog is dotted with water lilies, while its shores are home to cattails and carnivorous pitcher plants. Frenchman Bay Conservancy, which has owned the property since 2005, has expanded the Schoodic Bog trail network so that it now forms a three-mile loop of moderate difficulty. This loop allows visitors to appreciate the preserve’s varied scenery as they encounter its six distinct natural communities. It connects to the Downeast Sunrise Trail, which offers fantastic views of Schoodic Bog and Schoodic Mountain.
The preserve is home to eastern painted turtles, snakes, frogs, and beavers, whose dams have flooded parts of the preserve and the trail network in the past. The forested bog located in the southern section of the property is a true peatland, distinguishing it from the open water marsh in the northern section. The preserve is an excellent spot for birdwatching, nature study, wildlife watching, and hunting. Frenchman Bay Conservancy was able to purchase this property thanks in part to financial support from the Land for Maine’s Future program.
Bird Watching, Hunting, Nature Study, Picnicking, Hiking, Wildlife Watching
Downeast Maine – Hancock & Washington
From Sullivan, head south on Thorne Road and turn right onto ME-183 S. Next, turn right onto US-1 and follow it for a mile before turning right onto Punkinville Road. Continue onto Punkin Ledge Road, turn left onto Sanctuary Way Road, and finally turn right onto General Cobb Road.