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Horan Head
Photo by The Nature Conservancy

Horan Head

Guidelines for Use of LMF Properties

Walking/Hiking Wildlife Observation/Study Cross-country skiing/Snow-shoeing Hunting/Trapping 

Project Description

Residential sprawl and second home development is spreading eastward, reaching even the more remote stretches of downeast Maine. When Horan Head, a 235-acre peninsula along the wildlife-rich shores of Cobscook Bay, went on the market to settle an estate, The Nature Conservancy negotiated a bargain sale purchase (well below the appraised value) so that the State could hold this property in perpetuity as a wildlife preserve.

A 3-mile loop trail leads through mature spruce and cedar interspersed with scattered older growth pine and mature hardwood. These woods are frequented by numerous songbirds in season. Where the trail approaches South Bay and Federal Harbor, visitors can often spot seals and porpoises offshore.

Migrating and wintering waterfowl congregate in South Bay, just off the bold ledges of Horan Head, and 16 pairs of bald eagles breed in Cobscook Bay (one on an island just off Horan Head).

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife now manages Horan Head, which is accessible for daytime walking and hunting. An on-line property map is available here. Horan Head is featured in a regional guidebook, Cobscook Trails, that is available at area businesses or through the Quoddy Regional Land Trust (207-733-5509 or e-mail qrlt@maineline.net).