This weekend Mom and I went for a hike on the Hollingsworth Trail. What’s cool about this trail is that it’s local – just eight miles from the center of Milbridge.
Before you start on the trail you’ll want to pack water and a snack or lunch. There are great spots along the way to picnic. You’ll definitely want to bring a camera – the scenery is beautiful – forest, a granite beach, and ocean vistas from Petit Manan Point. The trail is about 1.5 miles long. It took us about 2 hours to hike the trail and make it back to the car, but this is including lots of time to admire the view and take pictures.
The first stretch of trail is through a field that leads to the forest path. Eventually you’ll come to the coast along Petit Manan Bay. The day was crisp and clear and we had a good view of Petit Manan Lighthouse. The trail passes along a shell lined beach and loops back around to the forest again. The hike is fairly easy. There are some small rock outcrops to scale along the way and lots of exposed tree roots to navigate. We brought walking sticks, but found we didn’t really need them.
On our hike we saw a variety of birds including a Common Yellowthroat, sea gulls and cormorants. We didn’t see any of the other wildlife noted on the kiosks along the way, but it is recommended that you hike the trail at dawn or dusk if you want to see animals.
You can get to the Hollingsworth Trail by driving down Pigeon Hill Road in Steuben for just over six miles. You’ll pass the Birch Point Trail and kiosk on the right. There is a trail marker on the left with parking across the road on the right.
The Hollingsworth trail is part of the Maine Coastal Island National Wildlife Refuge. The trail is open during daylight hours. They ask that you stay on the trail as much as possible so that you don’t disturb the habitat. Dogs are permitted, but you must keep them on a leash that is no longer than ten feet. Finally, you may pick blueberries along the way (as long as they aren’t for commercial purposes) and you can’t rake them.
I know that we certainly enjoyed this trail and we intend to hike it again. I hope this inspires you to hike the Hollingsworth Trail yourself and get some exercise while you enjoy this incredible Maine we call home.