Stover & Head of Tide Preserve– Two preserves linked by a short road walk in Belfast. Part of Coastal Mountains Land Trust.
Distance: Approximately 3 miles total. .
Location: Belfast, Maine. Doak Rd.
Parking: Parking at Head of Tide Preserve holds about 6 cars but is in the process of expanding. Stover Preserve , just 200 feet up the road, might handle 2 cars, but it’s really only 1 car wide. Parking at HoT makes ore sense.
Use: Good for hiking, running, snowshoeing. Not for biking or x-country skiing. ATV/snowmobile trails cross the Head of Tide Preserve where is twice crosses the power line openings.
Wildlife: Not really much going on except deer maybe, but there is a good chance of seeing osprey and eagles near the river.
Wilderness Experience: Wilderness is not the real goal here. There are busy roads on either side of the Head of Tide Preserve and houses can be seen from many point along the trail. Stover preserve has a little more secluded feel, but road noise can still be heard. Stover is definitely a better fit for a remote feeling hike.
Trail: Head of Tide circles several fields that used to be farms, so the footing there is easy. The rest of the way is forested roots and rocks with plenty of leaf cover. Parts of the trail can be very rocky and muddy so watch your step for ankle breakers. Stover is easier footing with pine covered forested trails and several board walks. A good candidate for trail running.
Summit: No mountains here. Views consist of river and fields and beautiful pine forests.