THE LAND. Ninety minutes north of Portland, at the end of an infrequently-traveled peninsula that juts into Muscongus Bay, 57 acres of forest opening onto a half-mile of unspoiled west-facing ocean waterfront. This is what Acadia was like before it was discovered. Like the rest of coastal Maine, the woodland floor is littered with giant smooth granite boulders, erratics, left by the last ice age. Two seasonal streams run through the property. The woods are spacious, uncrowded, and made up of red maple, eastern white pine, red spruce, balsam fir, and paper birch. Open patches throughout the acreage are filled with wild strawberries, blueberries, St. John’s wort, raspberries, and wildflowers. The property is also home for many Maine mammals. Bird lovers can spot and hear hermit thrushes, northern parulas, black-throated green warblers, golden-crowned kinglets, among the myriad species native to this wilderness.
Totaling nearly a mile, two stone walking roads meander through the woodland. Vehicle access to these same roads is through a locked gate.
Opening from the woods, the oceanfront looks over a broad expanse of wild islands. The closest is Hungry Island, a half-mile away, uninhabited and preserved as part of the Maine Island Trail. The shoreline meanders among granite ledge, stone and sand beach, and rockweed beds. Low-tide reveals acres of prime clamming territory.
Despite the ocean locale, the site has good protection from winter nor’easters as well as deep water for mooring or wharf placement.
This is Maine at its best. Off the beaten path, a gentle primal wilderness with protected sea and woods, crisp air and clear water, space to breathe and live and be filled with the wonder of Maine’s natural beauty.
THE LOCALE. Muscongus Bay is a spectacular island-speckled coastal seaway that may be the last remaining unspoiled Maine bay-sized estuary. This is where Captain George Weymouth first made American landfall on May 17, 1605 (15 years before Plymouth was founded), leaving a cross on Allen Island before sailing further down the coast to Cape Cod.
Muscongus Bay is prime Maine lobstering territory. Being well protected and geographically isolated by neighboring peninsulas from Casco and Penobscot Bays, it is off the beaten tourist path despite its proximity to Portland, an hour and a half south. (Acadia is another two hours north.) Muscongus Bay is home to more than 80 islands, including Monhegan, a year-round lobstering and artist community. It also houses the Audubon Society’s natural history educational center, Hog Island, as well as Audubon’s premier puffin restoration site, Eastern Egg Rock. Muscongus Bay lies in the middle of the famed 375-mile-long Maine Island Trail, awarded the “Best Sea Kayaking Trail in the Nation” by Outside Magazine. Unlike other parts of the Maine coast, lobster boats plying the Bay’s waters vastly outnumber recreational vessels.
Friendship, the nearest mainland town, lies in the heart of Muscongus Bay and is a vibrant fishing village that was settled in 1750. Its residents are primarily independent lobster fishermen, though the town also is home to painters, sculptors, and musicians. Authors John Cheever and John Gould lived in the village; Maine writer Elisabeth Ogilvie and the Maine Wyeth family lived in Cushing, the neighboring town.
The property for sale is represented and MLS listed by realtor Kim Newby.