Location: Bath, Sagadahoc County
Description: Thorne Head Preserve juts into the Kennebec River Estuary, so you have diverse and relaxing views of water from many vantage points. The preserve has mixed woods, tidal wetlands, even a freshwater marsh. In addition to its abundant wildlife and plants, Thorne Head has well-maintained trails, a “Murderer’s Cave,” and remnants of an old farm. The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) established Thorne Head Preserve in 2000, with support from individuals and grants from the Land for Maine’s Future Program and the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund.
Activities: Hiking, walking the dog (leashed), bird watching
Favorite Season(s) to Visit: Summer
Why It’s Special: I love this spot. It’s easy to get to. Yes, it is next to the landfill, but you won’t notice it after you enter the woods. The hikes vary. None is too challenging, so your decision is more about how long you want to hike and what you would like to see along the way. I keep to the left so that I have the river in sight for much of my hike. And, thanks to the last Ice Age, you’ll find some great rocks that invite you to sit and enjoy the view. The preserve is free, which helps to make it a great destination for families.
Tips: Pick up one of the maps at the parking lot. The trails vary in length and the type of habitat you’ll see.
More Info & Directions: Take High Street north out of Bath, to the end of the street—the preserve begins where the road ends. http://kennebecestuary.org/conserved-lands/thorne-head-bath