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Distance:
0.4 Miles / 0.6 km
Type:
Loop
Difficulty:
Easy
Time to Hike:
~12 minutes
Features:
Surface Type:
Dirt
Town:
Peaks Island, Maine
Directions:
43.652283, -70.194936
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Added:
July 24, 2023
Updated:
August 24, 2023

The Picnic Point Loop on Peaks Island, Maine is an easy 0.4-mile loop / lollipop walk that features views of Portland, Catnip Island, Cushing Island, Whitehead Passage, and Hadlock Cove.

Walk Description
This short hike leads out to Picnic Point, passing rocky beaches along the way on each cove. To the east, walkers will find views of Hadlock Cove. To the west cove, located in Casco Bay, are views of downtown Portland along with a funny-named island named Catnip Island. If you walk around the bend, assuming during low tide, you'll find tide pools within the bedrock along with views of Whitehead Passage. The trail then continues back on the upper land of Picnic Point, passing through the forest along a skinny path. There are more views from here, including views of Hadlock Cove. The trail then passes both rocky beaches and reaches the trailhead for a 0.4-mile walk.

During high tide, this walk is a bit shorter since you can't meander around on the bedrock as much.

Parking
If driving, there are some small parking turnouts near the coordinates provided on Hadlock Point Road. The parking turnouts are mostly for golf carts, which can be rented on the island.

Pets
Dogs are allowed if leashed and should be cleaned up after.

Getting to and Getting Around Peaks Island
To access Peaks Island, travelers must buy a ticket from Casco Bay Lines to hitch a ride on the ferry in Portland. Peaks Island ferry runs on a different schedule each season and year. Please use this Casco Bay Lines link to find out more about when the ferry leaves Portland and/or Peaks Island to plan your trip. As of July 2023, the price for a ticket to Peaks Island cost $7 for one adult and there's no return fee as the trip from Peaks Island to Portland is free. Visitors can pay more money to bring their cars, however, folks that bring vehicles to Peaks Island are generally locals. Instead, visitors can either plan to walk/hike the island or they can rent golf carts for a moderate hourly fee on the island. Each golf cart rental business, as of July 2023, is located right off of the dock where the ferry drops passengers off on the island. On our trip we used Mike's Carts which cost $50/hour to rent the golf cart for up to 5 hours max. Mike's Carts, as of July 2023, did not require prior reservations, however, any first-come first-serve carts might sell out by late morning. There's another company called Peaks Island Golf Carts which require a reservation in advance. Last, weekends on Peaks Island - especially during the Summer - can be very very busy. If you wish to explore Peaks Island without a massive crowd, plan on a quiet weekday.

Explore 24 trails near Peaks Island, ME
  1. Parking

    43.652283, -70.194936
  2. Main Trailhead

    43.652283, -70.194936
  3. Hadlock Cove view

    43.652142, -70.195053
    Hadlock Cove view
  4. View of Portland from Picnic Point

    43.651158, -70.195039
    View of Portland from Picnic Point
  5. Picnic Point tide pool

    43.650558, -70.194297
    Picnic Point tide pool
  6. View of Catnip Island from Picnic Point

    43.650794, -70.194581
    View of Catnip Island from Picnic Point
  7. Hadlock Cove View from Picnic Point

    43.6511, -70.194619
    Hadlock Cove View from Picnic Point
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15 '

Total Change
22 '

Ascent
22 '

Descent

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0.4 miles / 0.6 km
Trail added
July 24, 2023
Hiked on
July 24, 2023
Updated on
August 24, 2023
0.4 miles / 0.6 km
July 24, 2023
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