Fall brings great reasons for hiking on the peninsula with its crisp air, no bugs and less people. The Bradley Inn sits near the point of the Pemaquid Peninsula, surrounded by water within a four-minute walk on three sides, which keeps the temperatures a bit “warmer” than inland. The Loop Road that begins right out in front of the property takes you to the point and around to the lighthouse, with beautiful views. An easy 15-minute walk.
A short ten-minute drive down Route 32 towards Round Pond is LaVerna Preserve. An easy 15-minute hike through the woods leads you out to the rocky coast with awesome views overlooking Muscongus Bay and islands. You can extend the hike along the water and back through the woods on another trail.
Crooked Farm Preserve offers 130 acres of forest, wetlands, and open fields with 1.25 miles of Pemaquid River waterfront. Also, a ten-minute drive from the inn.
Bearce Allen Preserve, 40 diverse forested acres with three trails with 21 different interpretive stations on a 1.1-mile loop which describe forest succession, tree identification, how to look for signs of animals and other interesting facts. This property has a rich history, it was used as a tannery from the 1820s to the 1890s. There is a red house to the left of the kiosk that was the tannery office, it is one of the oldest houses in Bristol, dating back to the 1780s. This preserve is a 12-minute drive from the inn.
These are just naming a few of the many hiking opportunities in the area. Explore any one of them to experience the wilderness, views, ocean and rivers in the beautiful Midcoast Maine region.
So stretch your legs and plan your next weekend getway at The Bradley Inn from which you can enjoy these easy to moderate hikes!