Outdoors & Nature

Kayaking Cape Jellison

  • Off Route 1 in Stockton Springs

  • www.visitmaine.com

  • Cape Jellison, a 1,600-acre peninsula, juts out into Penobscot Bay near where the bay begins to narrow into the Penobscot River. Off the beaten path, it is often overlooked by tourists and natives alike. A day’s outing might include kayaking, biking, hiking, fishing, sightseeing, and digging into Maine’s colonial history.

    Signs indicate the route to Fort Point State Park as you approach Stockton Springs, a few miles north of Searsport on coastal Route 1. Once on the cape, bear right to a place to launch your kayak on the east shore. From there, it’s a delightful paddle out around the point to Fort Point State Park, which is on a small peninsula extending eastward from the cape, where you’ll find a pier with floats and picnic tables with wonderful views up the river and across to the peninsula leading down to Castine. An afternoon out of the southwest can make for a difficult return around the point to your launch site, especially if there’s an incoming tide. Check the weather, the tide chart, and your watch so you don’t get caught having a more strenuous workout than you planned.

    The 120-acre Fort Point State Park features more than a mile of rocky shore, a tidal sandbar, and a diverse habitat for a variety of plants and animals. Fort Point State Historic Site and Fort Point Light Station include the remains of Fort Pownall with interpretive panels.

    For land-based pursuits, there is a network of hiking trails that will take you through open fields and wooded areas to well-identified historic sites. Interpretive signs along the way describe the military and maritime history. For biking, a seven-mile loop on the quiet road leading from the parking lot around the circumference of the cape makes for a relaxing ride on gentle terrain.
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Cape Jellison, a 1,600-acre peninsula, juts out into Penobscot Bay near where the bay begins to narrow into the Penobscot River. Off the beaten path, it is often overlooked by tourists and natives alike. A day’s outing might include kayaking, biking, hiking, fishing, sightseeing, and digging into Maine’s colonial history.

Signs indicate the route to Fort Point State Park as you approach Stockton Springs, a few miles north of Searsport on coastal Route 1. Once on the cape, bear right to a place to launch your kayak on the east shore. From there, it’s a delightful paddle out around the point to Fort Point State Park, which is on a small peninsula extending eastward from the cape, where you’ll find a pier with floats and picnic tables with wonderful views up the river and across to the peninsula leading down to Castine. An afternoon out of the southwest can make for a difficult return around the point to your launch site, especially if there’s an incoming tide. Check the weather, the tide chart, and your watch so you don’t get caught having a more strenuous workout than you planned.

The 120-acre Fort Point State Park features more than a mile of rocky shore, a tidal sandbar, and a diverse habitat for a variety of plants and animals. Fort Point State Historic Site and Fort Point Light Station include the remains of Fort Pownall with interpretive panels.

For land-based pursuits, there is a network of hiking trails that will take you through open fields and wooded areas to well-identified historic sites. Interpretive signs along the way describe the military and maritime history. For biking, a seven-mile loop on the quiet road leading from the parking lot around the circumference of the cape makes for a relaxing ride on gentle terrain.


 

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Maine Outdoor Adventure Guide

Unlike most guides, which focus on specific regions or specific activities, the Maine Outdoor Adventure Guide is a trip-oriented guide, with each entry focusing on a specific activity at a particular location.

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