Monday, November 29, 2010

Beech Nut Hut

Beech Nut Hut
How could you NOT want to go to a place called the Beech Nut Hut? I first read about this trail in Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors (which I highly recommend you get yourself a subscription to if you love Maine!) It's taken us over a year to actually get there, but get there we did, just as the sun was setting- what were we thinking?!

It's about an hour and a half drive from here, so you might include this short detour (2 miles round trip) on your drive to Camden and points north.

on the trail

It's a short hike from the parking area to the top and most of it is on a packed sand driveway. The views are worth the walk, even at sunset and 35 degrees with the wind whipping around!

Blueberries are grown on either side of the path so dogs must be leashed at all times (leashes are provided at the trailhead!) and all walkers must stay on the path.

In the summer you can have tea inside the 'hut' overlooking sweeping views of Penobscot Bay and Mt Battie. For complete details on the hours, directions and a trail map, this is the website.

If you just want to go there, here are the directions: Rt 1 north to Rockport. At Hoboken Gardens (on the right as you are headed north), turn LEFT on Beech Hill Rd. Go approx 1 mile (you will take a sharp left corner in the road), pass the stone gates with fence and pull in at the parking area on the left. (If you get to Camden Village on Rt 1, you've gone too far.)

Penobscot Bay
The view from the front porch of the hut. I also took this quirky photo through the building (which is closed in the winter) but the windows line up pretty well! So you are seeing the trees behind me and the bay out the far window. (And those big, fuzzy things around the camera are my gloves!)

White Cedar Inn Bed & Breakfast 178 Main St Freeport, Maine 04032

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