Snow Natural Area and Nab Island

Maude E. and Eugene Snow Natural Area

This is a 40 acre parcel with over 2,550 feet of shorefront on the Bagaduce River. The Bagaduce is one of only four estuary systems in Maine¬†supporting a horseshoe crab population; look for these primeval crabs¬†along the Snow Natural Area shore. Just east of the Snow Natural Area is Bagaduce Falls, a ‚Äúreversing tidal rapid.‚Ä̬†The Bagaduce River is tidal, flowing in two different directions depending on the tide.¬†Water forced through the narrows at the Bagaduce Bridge results in wave trains that are exciting canoe runs when the¬†tide is right.¬†A unique population of pygmy alewives (a small anadromous fish) passes by the Snow Natural Area on its way to¬†spawning grounds in Walker Pond. Seal sightings are common here.¬†Just west of the Snow property in Green Cove is a major seal pupping ledge. Bald eagles abound on the Bagaduce–with a nesting site nearby, look for them overhead.

This parcel even comes with its own island.¬† Nab Island is so small that until recently it was not recognized on any state maps or deeds.¬† It is accessible at low tide (not for very long‚Äďdon‚Äôt get stranded), but we ask that you use extreme caution when exploring Nab Island.¬†¬†Small islands are extremely fragile systems; they are easily irreparably damaged.

Trail Map

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Location and Parking

Snow Natural Area (Brooksville): Cross the Bagaduce Reversing Falls Bridge on Route 175/176. At the stop sign, take a right and go 0.25 miles onto Young’s Point Road. When the road forks, bear to the right. Look for a small parking area on the right marked by a Blue Hill Heritage Trust sign. Please do not park on the road. A right of way leads from the parking area into the Natural Area.  Please stay on the trail.

Use Guidelines

  • Please stay on marked trails.
  • Carry out what you take in.
  • Fires are not permitted.
  • Dogs must be leashed.
  • Foot traffic only.