Tucked away from the bustle of traffic heading to Pine Point Beach, Blue Point Preserve provides a unique opportunity to relax and take in the beauty of Scarborough Marsh at your own pace. A wide, gentle main trail makes for an easy walk any time of year.
Trails: 0.6 mile
Land: 10.5 acres
Open year round.
Leave no trace.

The Trails

  • 0.35 mile one way to Marsh View
  • 0.25 mile additional loop option

How to get there

Get directions to the trailhead location.

Print a Trail Map

Download the PDF and print it to bring along when you visit.

download the Blue Point Preserve trail map

Activities

  • 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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The Land

10.5 acres

Natural Features

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.