The easement held by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife protects the farm’s significant ecological values and ensures that the public will have access to portions of the property that do not intrude on the farmstead.
Hikers can enjoy more than 2.5 miles of trails up Bell’s and Crane mountains, with outcrops that offer vantage points overlooking the Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge and Big Meadow Pond.
The property adjoins Cobscook Bay State Park, and lies just across the water from Commissary Point, which the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) program helped to acquire.
The LMF program funded purchase of the easement on Tide Mill Farm, which was completed thanks to the initiative of the Bell family and the cooperative efforts of Quoddy Regional Land Trust (now the Downeast Coastal Conservancy), and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
The property is featured in a regional trail guide, Cobscook Trails, that is available at area businesses or through the Quoddy Regional Land Trust at (207) 733-5509.
Downeast Maine – Hancock & Washington
Directions from nearest town
Travel north on Route 1 from Edmunds and turn left onto Bell Mountain Road (dirt) which is approximately 2.5 miles from the intersection of Route 189 and Route 1. The public can also access the property from the water along a 50-foot corridor from the northern border of the property along Burnt Cove and south to Caddy Point, where canoeists and kayakers traditionally like to picnic.