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Directions to Zak Preserve: From the monument in Boothbay Harbor travel north on Route 27 for 4.0 miles. Preserve parking area is on the right.
About Zak Preserve
Zak is BRLT’s largest preserve, stretching from Route 27 all the way to the River Road, generally straddling the watershed of Wildcat Creek in the western half and its headwaters in the eastern half, and is an important piece of the wildlife corridor between the Sheepscot and Damariscotta Rivers. Its 208 acres encompass a large open field (one of the few remaining on the Boothbay Peninsula), salt marsh, wetland, bird habitat, and extensive woods, with 2.5 miles of yearround trails which are particularly suited to snow shoeing and cross country skiing in the winter months.
In 2003 Michael and Roxanne Zak donated significant funds toward the purchase of 149 acres, to which they added 52 acres of their own land, thus protecting and preserving this significant natural habitat forever. More than half of the land, bordering Route 27, was zoned commercial and could have been developed for business or industrial use. Instead, we can enjoy this gateway into the community with its open fields and woods, meandering creeks, and abundant wildlife.
Zak preserve is an important part of River~Link, a partnership among BRLT and neighboring land trusts, several state agencies, Land For Maine’s Future and several towns seeking to preserve a continuous natural corridor between and along the two rivers that define the Boothbay peninsula, much of it with hiking trails open to all.
This is a moderately difficult hike because of its distance; there is no steep terrain. As with any trail that has wetlands, bug spray is necessary.