Crockett Cove Woods– Two loops connected by a 1 mile trail Part of The Nature Conservancy
Distance: Should be around 2.5 miles starting at one end and going to the other and including both loops. Mileage is not marked on the maps.
Location: Deer Isle, Maine. Just off route 15 on either Barbour Farm Rd or Whitman Rd.
Parking: One parking lot at each end with room for three cars each.
Use: Good for hiking, running, snowshoeing.
Wildlife: Not much for wildlife although deer would be expected
Wilderness Experience: The preserve is less than 100 acres and is long and narrow. Rt 15 parallels the preserve and can be heard for most of the hike. The forest is fairly thick though and it does seem like a nice getaway.
Trail: THe north part of the trail near Barbour Farm Rd is mostly hardwood trees. It includes the Fern Loop which is a fairly wet trail especially near the brook which can be overflowing during wet seasons. Most of the trail is moss and roots with fairly easy footing. The multiple boardwalks along the Cedar trail which connects the two loops near each parking areas are not very stable, can be slippery and often submerged. Expect to get wet so wear appropriate footwear. The Indian Pipe Loop is on higher terrain but still can be soft and wet.
Summit: This is a woods walk with no views at all. The mossy rocks and forest are the only views. Follow the Indian Pipe Loop for the best forest experience.