My second hike in Maine was the Harkness Preserve in Rockport, Maine. This little preserve is tucked away in a residential section of Rockport, not far from Route 1. The first part of the preserve consists of an interpretive trail. Brochures can be picked up at the kiosk so that hikers can read about different sections of the this trail.
Along the interpretive part of the preserve there is a section number that points out a stand of American Chestnut trees, some of the few remaining such trees to have survived the blight. Perhaps it was the time of the year but I had difficulty identifying these trees. I had read an article from last spring that indicated that work is being done locally to try and restore American Chestnuts to Maine’s forests. I hope these efforts are successful.
As we walked along, this broken tree fascinated me. With most of the trunk gone, it seems to just be floating above the forest floor with no additional support. Perhaps there is an invisible thread holding everything in place. Further on I discovered this interesting moss covered stump. I found the pattern of the cuts intriguing.
We crossed a few streams and entered the second half of the preserve, leaving the interpretive section behind us. We found that there were fewer pine trees on this section of the trail, and since the trees had not donned their spring attire yet, this section of wood was brighter. I am always amazed that a person can find themselves in a completely different type of wooded area only by walking a few more minutes.
We continued along, until we reached a ledge overlooking the harbor. We found a pile of stones that someone had used to create a stone chair and I could envision sitting here on a nice day looking across the harbor toward Beauchamp Point. The trail followed the water for a short while before looping back to the interpretive trail.
We had walked about 1 hour and covered approximately 1 mile.