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Beech Hill Reserve, Rockport

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The Beech Hill Preserve is a conservation property in Rockport, Maine. Its 295acre include the summit of Beech Hill, one of the few bare-topped hills in the area. Its features include forested lower slopes, a commercial blueberry operation, and a 1913 Norwegian sod-roofed hut at the summit of the hill. It has been protected by conservation easements since 1987, and is now owned and managed by the Coastal Mountains Land Trust. The hut, its access road, and the gate on Beech Hill Road were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Beechnut Hill Historic District in 2003.
Beech Hill is located about 1.5mi south of downtown Rockport. The hill, whose summit is 533ft above sea level, is located in the northern part of the L-shaped preserve, which is bordered on the south by Rockville Street, the west by South Street, and the north by Beech Hill Road. The southern portion of the preserve is wooded, with a public hiking trail whose trailhead is on Rockville Street. The summit area of Beech Hill is grassy, and is accessed via a dirt road (not open to vehicular traffic) from Beech Hill Road. At the base of the road are a pair of stone piers, which originally held massive timber gates. These were built in 1913-15 by landscape architect Hans Heisted, along with the road and the hut at the summit. The road is laid out to reveal gradually more impressive views of the surrounding countryside as one ascends, culminating in views of Penobscot Bay.
The hut at the top of the hill is a stone structure, with a sod roof and an east-facing veranda supported by stone piers. Its interior is divided into four rooms, one large space and three smaller ones, all with stone dividers. A wooden water tank, originally fed by a pump house, is obscured within the structure. The building has occasionally been subject to vandalism, but documentary photographs have been used to restore it to very near its as-built condition. A circular stone garden is set in front of the hut. Take a look at our Rockport tour planning website to schedule your visit to Beech Hill Reserve and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • This is a nice fairly easy walk up past blueberry fields and exposes great views of the surrounding mountains and and inland lake. As you near the top there are expansive views of the Ocean. There is....  more
    This is a nice fairly easy walk up past blueberry fields and exposes great views of the surrounding mountains and and inland lake. As you near the top there are expansive views of the Ocean. There is....  more »
  • This was a wonderful hike. Perfect for families! My four year old was able to walk to the vista and back with no issues. There are birds and other various wildlife all around. The docent, Janice at... 
    This was a wonderful hike. Perfect for families! My four year old was able to walk to the vista and back with no issues. There are birds and other various wildlife all around. The docent, Janice at...  more »
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  • Great walking pathes. Amazing view inland and coast. No bikes allowed. Local neighbors happy to let you know.
  • Top of hill was great. Trail was well marked. Views were very good. Worth doing the hoke again.

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