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Directions to Pine Tree Preserve:
From the junction of Route 27 and Routh 96 at Boothbay Harbor’s only traffic light, travel east on Route 96 for 0.5 mile east. Turn left on Old Town Road and then immediately right into the parking area.
About Pine Tree Preserve
Pine Tree is one of the three BRLT preserves located near the center of town which together offer the possibility of exploring a whole gamut of habitats and/or planning extensive hikes. The preserve’s own 144 acres, donated in 2006 by the Pine Tree Conservation Society, were once open pasture, later abandoned to tree growth. Old logging roads gradually rise almost 200 feet from Route 96 to the edge of the golf club on the north. The headwaters of Meadow Brook, a protected aquifer which empties generally forested habitat includes several old gravel pits which have become ponds as well as some wetlands.
The preserve is rich in flora and fauna; an occasional beaver and moose have been sighted as well as a wide variety of bird life. Mixed hardwoods are interspersed with evergreens and the forest floor is thickly carpeted with wildflowers and ferns.
A nearly one mile long loop trail begins at the parking lot. About halfway around the loop, an out-and-back trail (bisected by the town line between Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor) extends about one-half mile further up to the northern property line, offering the possibility of a two mile moderate hike.