Two trails begin together at the eastern edge of the parking lot,
then diverge 100 yards into the woods.
They may be difficult or even dangerous in bad weather --
especially in the frequent fogs.
Please come well prepared for any kind of weather and be sure to wear sturdy shoes
that will comfortably take you on a long hike through all kinds of terrain.
Map and Trails:
- Little Cape Point Trail (2 miles):
The right fork leads to the shore at Cape Cove and Little Cape Point.
It winds through deep moss-floored spruce and fir forests
interspersed with open ledges of jack pine.
After about a mile, these ledges offer beautiful views of one of
the preserve's bogs.
Further on, a "bog bridge" allows the visitor to walk through a
rich swamp without harming its pitcher plants and sundews.
After the trail reaches the shore, it is just a short walk along the water
northeast to Little Cape Point.
- Mud Hole Trail (1.5 miles):
The left fork leads northeast to the edge of Mud Hole, and follows the long, narrow,
fjord-like cove. From there the trail winds east to Mud Hole Point,
where there are spectacular views of the islands of Eastern Bay.
- Walking around the loop (5 miles):
To join the Little Cape Point and Mud Hole Trails, follow the shore between them.
The eastern end of each trail is marked with a cairn and a red marker on the rock.
Signs are also placed strategically along the way, showing important junctions
such as the entrance to each trail onto the shoreline.
- Red Head (4.5 miles):
Follow Little Cape Point Trail (above) to the shore at Cape Cove and then
walk south along the shore. (See map.)
The shore segment is a rugged two and a half mile walk
and one must return by the same route along the shore ledges.
- Please stay on trails.
- No fires on the Preserve (except below high tide on beaches).