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.
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  • Definitely take the time for a very quick hike to the top if in the Rockland-Rockport-Camden area. There is a small parking lot with no fees, and then a not-too-hard uphill hike. When we emerged above...  more »
  • If you are looking for a place to go for an easy hike with great views, then Beech Hill Preserve is a great place to visit near Rockport, Maine. You start out in a wooded area, walk through blueberry ...  more »
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  • 10 min easy and gradual uphill walk through some organic low bush blueberry fields to the stone house and stunning ocean views. The gravel trail is perfect for pushing a stroller (as long as the tires are a little larger). Definitely check out this hidden gem!
  • Such a lovely spot. Nice short hike from the trail head. Gorgeous views! Very peaceful

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