Why Ovens Mouth Preserve Is One of the Best Places to Explore

Spending time outdoors is a must when you visit Boothbay Harbor, Maine. And whether you’re in the mood to birdwatch, hike, or take a scenic drive, the Ovens Mouth Preserve is an ideal destination. This narrow passage leads from the Sheepscot and Back Rivers to an extensive tidal basin, bordered by Edgecomb to the north and Boothbay to the south. With 146 acres to explore, Ovens Mouth offers ample opportunity for outdoor fun. Here are some of the things you can enjoy there.

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How to Spend a Day at Ovens Mouth Preserve

Learn the History

Did you know that the Ovens Mouth Preserve is believed to have gotten its name from early English explorers? They arrived in the mid-1700s and utilized the area’s deep-water access and protected location. These settlers even built one of the region’s earliest shipyards, where both British and American vessels hid during the Revolution. Soon after the Civil War, the property came into the hands of the Tibbetts-Welsh family who owned it for more than a hundred years.

Today, the Boothbay Region Land Trust has opened the Preserve for recreational use. Visitors and locals alike are welcome to enjoy its natural beauty and rich history.

Go on a Hike

Ovens Mouth Preserve is comprised of two different areas: the Eastern Shoreline and the Western Shoreline. Extensive trails and a wooden bridge connect the two peninsulas. There are about five miles of trails between them, and the trails on the west peninsula are more difficult than on the east. Both are home to a variety of wildlife including eagles, osprey, otters, and deer.

The Eastern Shoreline

For an easy trek the whole family can enjoy, head to Ovens Mouth East. Here you’ll find a white blaze trail that loops around the peninsula for about a mile. You can tackle this hike all at once, or stop for a picnic at one of the many well-placed benches. You may also choose to cut through the middle of the peninsula and explore a historic homestead.

Western Shoreline

Looking for a more challenging adventure? Make your way to the Western Shoreline and traverse the Ovens Mouth West white loop trail. This two-mile route has several steep, rocky sections that lead to rewarding views. Be sure to bring a camera and consult a trail guide before heading out.

Come Home to Topside Inn

After a wonderful day at the Ovens Mouth Preserve, take a quick 15-minute drive back to our bed and breakfast and unwind. Our property is convenient to many outdoor attractions, including preserves, parks, and offshore islands. We also offer top-notch amenities and some of the finest accommodations in the area. So what are you waiting for? Check our availability and start planning your Maine getaway today! We look forward to having you.


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