- 0.35 mile one way to Marsh View
- 0.25 mile additional loop option
How to get there
Get directions to the trailhead location.
- Hiking, wildlife-watching, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing
- Dogs must be leashed at all times
- No bicycles
- For the benefit of visitors and wildlife, no drones
- Hunting is not allowed on this property due to its small size and proximity to neighbors
- Any collecting, foraging or commercial activity requires a permit from SLT. No exceptions.
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Blue Point Preserve permanently protects about 800 feet of frontage along Scarborough Marsh, the largest salt marsh in Maine. As sea level rises, a freshwater wetland on the property will allow for salt marsh expansion when formerly tidal areas become permanently flooded.
History and Current Uses
Scarborough Land Trust acquired the property in 2019. Prior to European settlement, the Sokokis people of the Abenaki Tribe might have foraged for shellfish in the type of sheltered tidal wetland that can be seen from the marsh viewpoint. Looking out from that same location as early as the 1600s, you might have seen people cutting channels in the wetland to control the tides and harvest salt marsh hay. More recently, there was a gravel pit created on the northern part of the property; its steep banks are visible from the Loop Trail. Neighborhood kids used to ice skate on the frozen bottom of the gravel pit where the cattails now thrive. An abandoned one-family home was demolished at the time of acquisition to make the property more hospitable for recreation and wildlife habitat. We look forward to caring for this property so that future generations can enjoy it.
Support for the purchase of Blue Point Preserve came from the Scarborough Land Acquisition Reserve Fund, the Friends of Scarborough Marsh, Blue Point Congregational Church of Christ and many individual donors.