Peter’s Brook/ Penny’s Preserve Trail System and Peter’s Cove

Peters Brook & Penny’s Nature Preserve Trail System

Peters Brook and its associated branches drain the uplands east of the Blue Hill village into Peter’s Cove, which is part of Blue Hill Bay.  The entire trail system has approximately 5 miles of hiking trails that take you along and out to various points along Peters Brook, including a beautiful waterfall and through historic granite quarries.  The Peters Brook Trailhead is located on the opposite side of the street and across the stream from the AB Herrick Memorial Landing, and Penny’s Preserve trailhead is 0.25 mile down the East Blue Hill Rd (heading away from the village).

Trail Map

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AB Herrick Memorial Landing on Peter’s Cove

Blue Hill Heritage Trust owns a small shore-front lot between the East Blue Hill Road and Peters Cove. Though less than an acre, this property provides a historic public access point to the waters of Blue Hill Bay on Peters Cove. The landing is a combination of sandy beach and rocky shoreline and is suitable for launching kayaks or other small boats that can be carried down to the water. It is a great swimming spot at mid-high tide!

1 Minute Trail Videos

These videos give you a quick overview of the trails at Peter’s Brook and Penny’s Preserve, showing trail difficulty and terrain, as well as features along the trail.

 

Location and Parking

These properties are located on the East Blue Hill Road just 0.6 miles from its intersection with Rte. 172 in Blue Hill. Park at the AB Herrick Memorial Landing.

Use Guidelines

  • Please stay on the trails. This is an intricate trail system, some of which is under “conservation easement” (meaning it is conserved, but still privately owned and the owners have given us all permission to access this wonderful place).
  • Carry out what you take in.
  • Fires are not permitted.
  • Dogs are welcome on this trail system. While on Penny’s Preserve trails dogs are welcome off leash. While on the Peters Brook or 3 Bridges Trails dogs must be leashed. Thank you!

Please note: At some locations, this trail crosses privately-owned land, protected by conservation easements. Public access is made possible by the generosity of the landowner. Please take extra care to stay on marked trails and leave the land as you found it.