The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition supports conservation and stewardship of natural and public resources of the Belfast Bay watershed through research, community-building, and education.
Segment 1 goes from the Armistice Footbridge to the Boathouse, taking you along the Harbor Walk to the Boathouse. To add an extra half-mile, walk the Footbridge both ways. This is where you can get closer views of birds in the water and foraging In mudflats at low tide, especially in winter.
Segment 2 goes from the Boathouse to City Park along Bayview St. and Northport Ave. Or, if the tide is fairly low, walk along the beach to the Park. Long ago a collection of exotic trees was planted in the Park, recently revived as an Arboretum. Learning the local trees will enhance the rest of the In-Town Nature Trail.
Segment 3 takes you back towards town on Northport Ave. to see the State Champion Black Locust tree and State Champion Copper Beech tree. You can also practice identifying sidewalk trees based on what you learned at the City Park Arboretum. Look for Sugar, Norway, and Red maples, Red and Pin oaks, and Basswood (American linden).
The trail turns onto Salmond St., and winds its way up to Kirby Lake, “The Muck.” On the way, check the cell tower above the sheriff’s offices, in case a peregrine falcon may be hunting from the top. At The Muck, follow the trail around the pond, a good place to watch for spring migrants and summer wading birds.
Segment 4 returns you from The Muck to Armistice Footbridge by an interesting oute. Cross Lincolnville Ave. and follow signs through a wooded landscape—a peaceful place considering its location behind a shopping center, to the parking lot of the Quirk auto dealership. Cross Main St. and wander through beautiful Grove Cemetery. Come back out onto Main St., walk up the hill towards town, and take aside visit to the Wales Park pollinator garden. Back to Main Street, walk Anderson Street downhill, through Eleanor Crawford Park, onto Bridge Street, and eventually to the Footbridge.
The map/brochure, designed by Margot Carpenter at Hartdale Maps, with by Dan Avener, can be printed from this link:
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Evening Star III, by Georgia O'Keeffe, Watercolor, 1917
In this time of COVID-19, with the danger of meeting indoors, there are plenty of ways to get outside and enjoy the coming of Spring in the Belfast Bay watershed. We need to dress for and be wary of ticks, and we need to maintain social distance from any other people we meet on trails, but we can still enjoy being out in the fresh air and sunshine.
Following is a list of parks and trails in the area -
Activities we can do while outdoors-
Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition, P.O. Box 152, Belfast, ME 04915