Dan and Hannah Travel Route One from Kittery to Fort Kent, Maine (Part 7 of 10) – Cobscook Shores Trails in Lubec

In the dead of winter (2021) nestled in our nearly 50-year-old post and beam house in coastal York, Maine, I read in Outside magazine of the new trails of Cobscook Shores opening up in Downeast Maine near the Canadian border. 

Downeast Maine is often considered from Ellsworth to Lubec. Grand Manan in the above map is in Canada.

Some five hours from York, the trails of Cobscook Shores sing to me.  Sucker for a hiking temptress, with Hannah, I have twice postponed our hiking adventure due to rainy weather this past spring and summer.

But today, we will not be denied as we arrive before lunch in Lubec (pronounced Lou-beck). After a morning driving the 85 miles of Route One from Ellsworth to Lubec, we are ready to get our bodies moving and grooving and hit these trails. By the way, Lubec is the easternmost town/city in all these United States and is the closest continental connection to Africa in the United States!

Cobscook Shores is a system of 15 parklands spread around Cobscook Bay in Lubec.   The name “Cobscook” comes from Kapskuk, a Passamaquoddy word meaning “place where the water looks like it is boiling.”  Privately owned, Cobscook Shores offers visitors an alternative to the saturation hiking and congestion of Acadia National Park, 100 miles to the south.

At the trailhead, we have a farmer’s field for our morning hike at Old Farm Point.

The pictures and maps will take you on our hike with us.

We take Route 189 from Route One towards Lubec to Old Farm Point. Some of the Cobscook Shores trails are in Bold in the above map.
We park at the trailhead. The visitor center is in the process of being built (September 2021)
Our mid-day grassy trail is hiking literally around a working hay field. Please note that we didn’t see any pirates in Pirates Cove.

Lubec has a rich fishing history. Are you a big fan of sardines (small herrings)? Can’t say that I am! Popular in the 1800s, the smoked herring business was roaring along and, get this, employed nearly every male resident over the age of ten in Lubec. By 1900, 23 sardine factories were pumping out the little fellas night and day.

Over-fished by the 1960s, herring, the staple of the local fisherfolk, was in serious decline. The last cannery closed in 1990 and the last smokehouse shut its doors in 1991. Regulations limiting the numbers of herring caught have returned the herring to a sustainable level. Even so, lobster and shellfish are the focus of the fishing industry in Lubec today.

We would circumambulate the Old Farm in about 45 minutes. Helluva venue, yes?
Let the grassy trail begin!
Looking out to Pirates Cove at low tide. Trucks drove onto the mudflats harvesting clams, I’m guessing.
Low tide of Johnson Bay with a fair lass
A wannabe pirate doing just fine on a mid-day hike on a beautiful day.
And back one mile later where we began.

Yeah, it’s just a walk in a hayfield. No path at all, but it was sweet mile in the sunshine some 300 miles from home, almost in Canada, after a morning in the car.

The Strava app gives the details of our short hike.

After lunch, our plans to hike Black Duck Cove, another trail of the Cobscook Shores Parkland, are happily derailed by another hiker who suggests we go to Mowry Beach. Hannah and I are all about shoreline hikes and abruptly change our plans.

Part 8 takes you to Mowry Beach and into the town of Lubec.

3 thoughts on “Dan and Hannah Travel Route One from Kittery to Fort Kent, Maine (Part 7 of 10) – Cobscook Shores Trails in Lubec

  1. Love the Native American names in Down East Maine. I’ll have to add Cobscook trails to the list of places to walk with my pooch. She *loves* little herring (sardines) so I think she should visit Lubec 🙂 The irony of “Pirates Cove” such a beautiful, peaceful- looking spot!

  2. Pingback: Dan and Hannah Travel Route One from Kittery to Lubec (not Fort Kent), Maine (Part 10 of 10) – The Denouement – over60hiker

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