Explore the Secret Fog Forest of Crockett Cove Woods Preserve

A beautiful dense forest filled with spruce and fir covers the Crockett Cove Woods Preserve. Mosses, ferns, and lichens blanket the 98-acre treasure trove of greenery. This Stonington, ME, coastal forest is home to a variety of wildlife, such as coniferous birds, snowshoe hare, and white-tailed deer. It is known as the “fog forest” because towering trees trap the fog brought in from the ocean’s southwest winds, creating one of coastal Maine’s classic characteristics of lingering mist. A visit to the forest is best on one of these wet days because the colors are more vibrant. The preserve is less than 15 minutes away from Pilgrim’s Inn, making it the perfect hiking destination during your stay!

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Crockett Cove Woods Preserve History

The Crockett Cove Woods Preserve was donated to the Nature Conservancy in 1975 by Emily Muir. Muir was a well-known artist, environmentalist, and architect in Deer Isle. Many of her paintings depict scenes of Coastal Maine, such as the preserve. Even though she was not trained as an architect, Muir designed and built 40 homes on Deer Isle. These are still admired to this day for their elegant simplicity, minimal environmental impact, their use of natural and local materials, and their careful placement on the shores of the island. Her legacy lives on through the many people that visit the preserve, collect her art, and admire the houses she designed. During your time at the preserve, pause for a moment to be inspired like Emily Muir once was.

Crockett Cove Woods Preserve Hiking

There are 4 trails that weave throughout the Crockett Cove Woods Preserve. The pathways are generally well-marked and easy to walk through. There is a main trail that goes the length of the property while the rest of the paths are loops. The towering trees above you will keep you shaded and cool for most of your trek. The soft moss covering the forest floor will make each step feel like a lush carpet. This greenery also clings in layers to everything it can climb like the large granite boulders scattered about by the departing glaciers. The granite base prevents water from entering too deeply into the ground, creating bogs and small streams. The trails through the enchanting woods are generally easy, but you have to look out for some raised tree roots so you don’t trip. Take your time and enjoy this monumental coastal fog forest.

Tips for Visiting the Crockett Cove Woods Preserve

The Nature Conservancy graciously lets visitors explore this incredible fog forest. They keep the serene Crockett Cove Woods Preserve open to the public with the help of Island Heritage Trust and a small group of volunteers. In return, they ask that you do your part to keep the area maintained. Their number one request is to only take out what you take in. To keep the natural habitat of the forest, don’t leave any trash or gather souvenirs like rocks and pinecones. Just stay on the marked trails, and you won’t have a problem! Other tips are to wear sneakers and bring water and snacks. It’s an easy hike, but these things always help! You should also make sure to check the weather and possibly bring an extra layer since the forest is dense and shaded.

After Exploring Crockett Cove Woods Preserve

After exploring Crockett Cove Woods Preserve, return to Pilgrim’s Inn to enjoy a tranquil evening. At our Deer Isle bed and breakfast, you can continue your nature retreat. Located directly next to a large mill pond and within a short drive to some amazing hikes and coastal habitats, you can choose from a variety of cozy rooms with amazing views. Swing in our hammock by the pond or look out on the water at our wooden bench in the backyard. Our relaxing atmosphere is sure to provide a soothing oasis after your hiking, swimming, and birdwatching adventures. Book your Maine getaway today!