Coastal Trail at Quoddy Head State Park

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973 S Lubec Rd, Lubec, ME, USA

Coastal Trail at Quoddy Head State Park Lubec Reviews

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Trailing the Coast Sep 26, 2017
One of the trails within Quoddy Head State Park, the Coastal Trail stands head and shoulders above all of its partners – both in terms of elevation and beauty. You begin by taking Inland Trail from the parking area for several hundred yards before bearing left towards the sea. Everything is well sign posted and despite an absence of trail blazes, the trail is obvious the entire way.

Impressive views greet you almost from the beginning and persist throughout. You are basically skirting the coast where magnificent cliffs were formed by volcanic eruptions splintering up through existing rock layers. Over time the rock crumpled away, leaving the solidified lava, which is known as ‘gabbro’ (virtually the same as basalt) and a stunning shade of black.

By no means a difficult trail, there is still a lot of up and down (never for long stretches all at once), several muddy patches and moderate doses of roots and rocks. This is a well maintained trail and there are plenty of railroad tie bridges to get you over the worst patches.

I'll point out a few stops along our trek. Proceeding from the lighthouse, Gulliver’s Hole is first up. This is a sudden chasm in the cliffs, apparently resulting from a fault line in the gabbro. High Ledge is called out next, which is merely the largest cliff face. At about one hundred fifty feet, it wins numerically, but subjectively on a beauty scale there are quite a few contenders. Last is Green Point, a large grassy ledge where there is a passage to the beach down below. I encountered only a few other hikers (probably due to everyone going the same direction), but Green Point seemed to be a gathering spot. Several couples were seated here with picnic lunches as I passed by.

You are near the end as you round the bend into Carrying Place Cove, a pleasing bay which earned its name due to being a portage site for canoeing Native Americans. The journey is over once you reach the trailhead of Thompson Trail and unfortunately you are now as far from your starting point as you have walked. You can loop back over Thompson Trail and Inland Trail. These are much easier paths but the distance is about the same (roughly two miles), so you may opt to backtrack along the Coastal Trail again and make sure you did not miss any splendor in the opposite direction!
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vances says:
Thank you, Walter - just trying to convince you to make that trip to Maine!

Posted on: Dec 19, 2017
walterman9999 says:
Very good and informative review.
Posted on: Dec 19, 2017
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