Smuggler's Cove

During your stay at Smuggler’s Cove Inn, take full advantage of the beautiful nature that surrounds our East Boothbay resort. Enjoy a day kayaking or paddleboarding on property, or take in the ocean view from your room. While planning your itinerary, be sure to leave plenty of room for hikes on nearby Boothbay trails and nature preserves.

Your 5-Day Boothbay Hiking Trail Itinerary

In between days at the beach or biking around town, there are plenty of trails with picturesque views to sprinkle into your itinerary. As some of them are long, we recommend only one hike a day. The Boothbay Region Land Trust preserves several of the trails.

Day 1: Gregory Hiking Trail

Gregory Hiking Trail is a perfect hike for your first day in town. This one-mile trail offers hikers extensive views of the bridge that connects mainland Boothbay to Barters Island. Keep your eyes peeled for the animals that call this area home, like deers, dragonflies, and a variety of birds.

Day 2: Ocean Point Preserve

Just a short drive from our Boothbay Harbor resort is Ocean Point Preserve. This 15-acre preserve includes two easy trails, making it a perfect hiking spot if you’re visiting with smaller children. Be sure to check out Tibbetts Pond, designated as a significant waterfowl wildlife habitat for wading birds and inland waterfowl by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

Day 3: Linekin and Burley Preserves

Spend a day exploring Linekin and Burley Preserves. These two adjacent preserves protect over 600 feet of Damariscotta River waterfront and over 130 wooded acres. Hike almost three miles through hardwood forest and along several streams. These trails are ranked as moderate to challenging.

Day 4: Appalachee Preserve

On the shores of Appalachee Pond is the Appalachee Preserve. This hike-in-only loop trail is accessible from the south end of neighboring Lobster Cove Meadow. Both preserves are rich in wildlife, so make sure to bring your camera to capture what you find.

Day 5: Ovens Mouth Preserve

The land trust’s most extensive trail system can be found in Ovens Mouth Preserve. Comprising two peninsulas connected by a pedestrian bridge, explore the more than 5-miles of hiking trails. Both sides are heavily wooded with spots perfect for an afternoon picnic. If you’re lucky, you may just spot an eagle, otter, or deer on your adventure.


Enjoy a Boothbay Harbor Getaway at Our Waterfront Resort

After a day of hiking and exploring, you’ll be able to relax and unwind in your cozy accommodation at Smuggler’s Cove Inn. With a range of room options, there is a guest room that fits your needs. Be sure to check out the on-property activities like a heated pool, canoeing, or fishing from our private dock and our on-site bar, 727 Ocean. To learn more about availability, amenities, or special offers, please call us at 207-633-2800.


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