The Boot Head Preserve in Lubec, Maine encompasses 700 acres of breathtaking upland woods, bogs, coastal wetlands, and a rocky coastline.
Jim’s Head and Boot Head are the two points of the 400-acre coastline portion of the preserve which is are shaped like anvils. The preserve’s interior section connects to the nearby Hamilton Cove Preserve of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust (MCHT), forming over 2,000 acres of a contiguous conservation area in Lubec. Boot Cove Heath, one of the State’s 115 elevated peatlands, is also located in the preserve. The preserve was purchased by MCHT in 1988 in order to protect the property’s outstanding scenic beauty and diversified ecological assets from a proposed 30-40 lot subdivision.
The preserve’s two miles of gentle, moss-lined hiking trails are open to the public today. The routes descend to cobblestone beaches and then rise to the heights of rocky headlands with expansive vistas of Grand Manan and Maine’s Bold Coast. While hiking in the preserve, be sure to keep an eye out for resident species such as nesting bald eagles, songbirds, and small mammals. Boot Head is known for its spruce grouse population.
The Boot Head Preserve is a photographer’s dream location. Boot Head offers a wide range of shooting opportunities, from close-up views of moss and wildflowers to panoramic images of a dramatic rocky beach.
Don’t miss out on seeing Gulliver’s Hole in Quoddy Head State Park nearby!
- Address: Boot Cove Rd
- Town: Lubec
- State: Maine
- GPS: Lat 44.77013 Lng -67.03560
- Parking notes: There are small dirt parking lots located at the Boot Head Trailhead on either side of Boot Cove Road. Parking is free.
- Parking directions: HERE
- Location directions: HERE
External Website: https://www.mcht.org/preserve/boot-head/