In celebration of Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, which will be a month long celebration in the Downeast & Acadia region this fall, Frenchman Bay Conservancy is offering a Fall Hike Series consisting of four hikes in September and October. The hikes have been organized in conjunction with Downeast Senior College, but are free and open to the public. All hikes will be led by an FBC volunteer and are easy to moderate to accommodate a wide range of ability levels.
The fourth hike of the Fall Hike series will take place at Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s Francs B. Wood Preserve in Gouldsboro. Attendees will meet at the Preserve at 9:30 am. Jake Manning, Maine Conservation Corps Environmental Steward will lead the hike.
The Frances B. Wood Preserve is made up of 438 acres that sit above the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge and on the West Bay. It protects the upland area of a watershed that contains significant tidal estuaries and mudflats. The FBC portion of this watershed contains small natural streams and bogs supporting deer, beaver and bobcats, as well as moss and abundant communities of wildflowers. It is an excellent warbler habitat.
Directions to the Frances B. Wood Preseve: from the Sullivan side of the Hancock-Sullivan Bridge drive 12 miles on coastal Route 1N to Chicken Mill Pond Road on the right. Drive 0.4 mile and turn right onto Fletcher Wood Road. Drive 0.2 mile and take the first left (NWR sign Gouldsboro Bay Trails) onto a gravel road for 0.1 mile to the combined FBC and National Wildlife Refuge parking lot and kiosk with FBC sign on the left. The FBC Preserve and trails are to the left, and the National Wildlife Refuge and trails are on the right.
Frenchman Bay Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust with 930 members with its office at Tidal Falls in Hancock. Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s mission is to conserve distinctive ecosystems and landscapes for the benefit of all, from the Union River and Frenchman Bay watersheds east to the Hancock County line. FBC currently conserves 56 properties across over 6,600 acres and maintains 25 miles of year-round public access hiking trails. Visit www.frenchmanbay.org or FBC’s Facebook page, for more information on these hikes and other FBC events.