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Beech Hill Preserve, Rockport, Maine

Another one of the “Jewels” in Midcoast Maine is the picture perfect views atop Beech Hill in Rockport. The setting is special, and after a short and easy walk to the top of this 295-acre preserve you’ll see why. If the pastoral landscape of the beautiful grasslands with the Camden Hills as a backdrop don’t grab you while your walking along, than surely the scenic ocean vistas at the top will.

After a few paces the trail quickly opens up to views of low bush wild blueberry’s growing in the grassy field.

Starting Out

Starting Out

Wild Blueberry Field

Protecting The Blueberries

Wild Blueberry Field

A Colorful Field Of Wild Blueberries

Trail

Trail

Looking Back

Looking Back At The Camden Hills

Soon after the half way point views of Chickawaukie Pond then Penobscot Bay appear.

Lake Chickawaukie

Chickawaukie Pond

Chickawaukie Pond and Penobscot Bay

Chickawaukie Pond(Rt) and Penobscot Bay(Lft)

Fall creates it’s own special beauty in Maine and especially so here. The preserve’s field of golden grasslands dappled with the fiery red leaves of wild blueberry shrubs is reminiscent of a painting. At the top of the hill sits a beautifully restored stone house known as “Beech Nut” handsomely adorned with a sod roof.

Beech Nut

Beech Nut

Straight Out

An Easterly View

Isle Au Haut

Mountains Of Acadia National Park(Background-Rt)

Beech Nut

Beech Nut

Restored Sod Roof

Restored Sod Roof

Although the preserve is open year round, Beech Nut’s open house dates for the remainder of the year is Sat. Sept. 11, Wed. Sept. 22, Sat. Oct 2, and Wed. Oct 13 2010. For more information on this beautiful preserve you can visit www.coastalmountains.org.