Here on Maine’s midcoast are miles and miles of trails where one can hike and experience their unique beauty.
One of my favorites is the Summit Trail at Beech Hill which is part of the Coastal Mountain Land Trust. It is an easy walk on a dirt path with subtle inclines.
On the way to the top I have to stop and admire nature’s offerings. During the summer months wildflowers bloom profusely along the path.
Birds, bees and butterflies proliferate adding to the the trail’s appeal. During the course of a year, 141 bird species can be sighted on Beech Hill. I must confess to hearing more than I see!
In early August, those delicious wild Maine blueberries are ripe for picking. Without question, I don’t get home with as many as are picked as it’s hard not to pop them right into the mouth and enjoy their sun warmed juicy sweetness!
At the top of the summit is Beech Nut, a stone cottage built in 1914 and once used for afternoon tea parties by the then owner. These days it is used only for special events hosted by Coastal Mountain and other local organizations.
The view from the top is spectacular. In one direction are many of the islands that dot Penobscot Bay and a distant view of my favorite lighthouse on Indian Island that marks the entrance to Rockport Harbor.
Turn around and there are woods and mountains. This day dark clouds were filled with rain which suggested hightailing it back down the path or risk getting soaked.
No matter the season Beech Hill is a perfect spot to enjoy quiet beauty, and it is also the sight that from the boat lets me know that home is not far away.