Hike the 5-mile loop through the uber-scenic, wildlife-rich Great Wass Island Preserve aways Downeast in Beals to experience one of the very best hikes on the entire coast of Maine. Yep, that’s right, it’s that good.
Five miles, two trails and an incredible section of wild beach walking, cool woods and plants and wildlife, and damn fine scenery most every step of the way.
Get the goods on this awesome hike in my recent column in the Maine Sunday Telegram Outdoor section: Downeast hiking at its best – It’s Great Wass Island in all its remote beauty.
For big bonus points, when you get out to the coast at Cape Cove, turn south and head for Red Head, but be sure you’re well-prepared and have lots of time as this long beach bushwhack of sorts is a rugged go.
Otherwise, simply turn north and do the regular loop, which is what I did and found it absolutely amazing. I suspect you will too.
And when you’re done hiking at Great Wass, stick around Downeast for a while and check out some of the other great trails in the region, and there are lots of them.
Contact the Downeast Coastal Conservancy for a copy of Cobscook Trails: a guide to walking opportunities around Cobscook Bay and Bold Coast Region, a 55 page booklet describing great hikes on 19 area conservation properties.
Happy happy hiking!