Address: Kimballtown Rd. Trevett, Maine (I used my gps by putting in the intersection of Kimballtown Rd. and Barters Island Rd. in Trevett, Maine. From Barters Island Road I turned left onto Kimballtown Rd. (It is a sharp left) Please go SLOWLY on this road. It is narrow and there are homes here with families who allow their pets to be outside.
You will then see this sign, which could be easily overlooked... turn left here and drive down a narrow dirt road to get to the parking area/kiosk.
You will see this kiosk after passing an old cemetery.
Parking: There is room for 3 to 5 vehicles, depending on how people park. There is a private home next to the parking. Remember to leave room for the landowners and respect their property. We are lucky to have access to these places and want to make sure that continues!
Cost: Free! (But I am sure the Boothbay Regional Land Trust would welcome donations to keep their preserves pristine if you were so inclined!)
Bathroom Nope! But there is an outhouse located on Knickerkane Island which is by the boat ramp you pass to get here. May be smart to stop there for a pee break before hiking!
FMI: Visit the Boothbay Regional Land Trust for more information. (Which also maintains Ovens Mouth Preserve, where I hiked this winter!)
Notes: I have paddled by Porter Preserve several times. I am so glad I finally took time to walk here! This property is located where the Back River meets the Sheepscot River and the views are incredible! This would be great for hikers of any ability! I also think kids would like it!
I had plans to meet up with the Fit Maine Social Club to watch the sunset as we kept company with the seals and decided to get there early and finally hike Porter Preserve. The trail is listed as being just over a mile. I would say that the trail itself, if you stick just to the 'white trail' it is less than a mile. I explored all of the little offshoots that went to vistas and I was under a mile and a half according to my fitbit.
From the parking lot I went to the right. This is a loop trail so you choose which way to start. I think the views were better towards the end of the route I took... so I had saved the best for last! The offshoots are marked by signs that say 'foot path' or small signs with arrows indicating trails or vistas. My rule of thumb for this hike was, when coming to a fork in the trail, to stay right... because I felt like it would keep me walking along the water. (the photos below are not necessarily in order!)
There was a great trail map at the kiosk.
It showed where you could find Memorial Grove - a place to gather and reflect...
The map shows all of the little offshoots I think you should explore them all!
This is looking back at Back River.
This cove has a great view. I have paddled in here a few times, sometimes stepping out of my kayak to stretch my legs. It is a great spot.
There are a couple of these rustic benches in the preserve. How would this be for a lunch spot or a place to read something from your summer reading list?
The trail is very nice. And there are a lot of markers to keep people on the BRLT trails.
I like that the roots of his tree grew up and over this rock... sometimes 'roots' suggest that they go down deep keeping us contained... I see this and think that our roots start where we are planted, but... as we meet more people and find more places our roots climb and expand... and make us stronger!
Over or Under? Sometimes it is nice to have to make a decision that is that simple!
This area had a lot of shade, but the sun shines through the trees!
This was towards the end of the trail, looking up towards the parking area.
Ferns... I love ferns...
Fern shadow... really caught my eye!
The rocky coast...
You can just feel your blood pressure dropping!
Porter Preserve is also a great vantage point to watch some of Maine's hardest working... our fishermen!
After hiking... I went to Trevett Country Store. I have wanted to stop here to check it out... I have paddled by it multiple times, early in the mornings when the smell of bacon wafts in the air!
I was not disappointed! I ordered a turkey sandwich and... the best part... a piece of blueberry pie!
The pie was AMAZING! One of the best blueberry pies I have had!
and... it was $2 for the slice! (Not kidding!) If you are in this area stop in for pie! I would imagine their seafood is also delicious and think I will try to have that next time (before the pie) and may sit out on their deck to enjoy it. This time I took my food and enjoyed it on Knickerkane Island, just down the road a bit from Porter Preserve. (I was meeting other people to kayak and told them I would be at a picnic table at Knickerkane Island.)
mmmmmmm... eat dessert first!
Here are a few pics of their menus...
(My pie...and sandwich was $6 TOTAL! What a deal!! And the people there were super friendly!
I drove back across this bridge , The Trevett Swing Bridge... is is an interesting bridge... if you research it!
Then... I met up with people from the FitMaine Social Club and we enjoyed the sunset from the water along with a couple dozen seals!
It was always pretty cool to be on the water, paddling by Porter Preserve... but now that I have walked the trail at Porter Preserve... it was even more special!
For my account of my kayaking portion of the day, click here!
What a perfect summer day... hiking, paddling, AND BLUEBERRY PIE!