While visiting Rockport earlier this month, we discovered the stunning Beech Hill Preserve. The 295-acre preserve offers family-friendly trails alongside protected fields of organic blueberries and wildflowers. Beech Hill is one of those magical, Maine places where visiting feels like a privilege. We arrived at the Beech Hill Road trailhead and decided to take the short 3/4-mile hike to a stunning hilltop that overlooks Penobscot Bay.
MP and CP#1 took turns taking pictures along the way, while the boys forged ahead to the summit. They were looking forward to exploring the grounds surrounding Beech Nut, a historic stone hut (circa 1917) located at the top. MP and CP#1 passed a few dog walkers on the dirt trail (dogs are allowed here on leash) and families of all ages. When the Penobscot Bay came into view, we hiked faster, eager to join DP and CP#2.
The Beech Nut Hut is a beautifully restored stone structure with a sod roof. The interior of the house is open to the public twice a month, May-October, but visitors are always welcome to explore the outside. There is a patio all around Beech Nut, and when we arrived, a group of six were enjoying snacks and drinks together, chatting happily among themselves. MP made a note to bring a picnic dinner next time. With its sweeping, 360º views of the Penobscot and Camden Hills, this is a place you’ll want to linger awhile.
While visiting, we learned the Coastal Mountains Land Trust—a group that works to protect land in the western Penobscot Bay—opens the Beech Hill Preserve for free blueberry picking to the public once a year. This year, the preserve opens Saturday, August 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. If you can’t make it that day, the farm stand on Beech Hill Road sells blueberries through mid-August. FMI: visit here. The CMLT also hosts many family-friendly activities throughout the year, including a story hour, poetry walk, and Kites and Ice Cream event.