Beech Hill Preserve
The Beech Hill Preserve offers ready access to one of the most scenic and multi-faceted conservation properties in the western Penobscot Bay region.
As the only bald hilltop in the area, Beech Hill is an extraordinary hiking, picnicking and birding destination that offers panoramic views of Penobscot Bay, the Camden hills and the St. George peninsula. The Preserve has the honor of being one of the official stops on the Maine Birding Trail, with over 125 species on its checklist. The conservation program of this Preserve protects nearly 300 acres of land managed for grassland bird habitat, organic blueberry production, and scenic and historic preservation values.
Located approximately 1.5 miles from Rockport village, between Routes 1, 17 and 90, Beech Hill is a large hill dominated by open grassland habitat and a commercial organic blueberry operation. The open fields of the summit, capped by Beech Nut, a sod-roofed stone hut listed on the National Register of Historic Places, are visible from miles around. The lower portion of the Preserve is dominated by a mixed hardwood forest.
For a lively story on the history of the thatch-roofed building atop Beech Hill, called "Beechnut," as told by one of the architects who so lovingly restored it, click here.
For a glorious aerial tour, click here. For more information, click here.
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Rockport attracts thousands of aspiring artists and photographers each year to a number of highly regarded workshops and classes. Plein-air landscape painting workshops are particularly popular, because the surrounding mountains and water views provide spectacular subjects.