Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge in Baring and Edmunds

Posted Sept. 01, 2010, at 6:26 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:21 p.m.

Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge is exactly that — a refuge from civilization, everyday demands and stress.

Like wildlife, trails and wilderness? This is the place for you.

Moosehorn is the easternmost national wildlife refuge in the Atlantic flyway — a migration route that follows the east coast of North America — and its purpose is to protect wildlife, including migrating waterfowl, wading birds, shorebirds, upland game birds, songbirds and birds of prey.

There are two divisions: one in Baring, covering 17,200 acres, and the Edmunds division bordering Cobscook Bay, covering 7,200 acres.

Each is unique in its own way, but both have rolling hills, large ledge outcrops, streams, lakes, bogs and marshes. The Edmunds division also contains several miles of shoreline.

Woodcock, ruffed grouse, moose, deer and a variety of songbirds prosper here. There have been as many as three nesting pairs of eagles at Moosehorn.

There are more than 50 miles of dirt roads and trails in the refuge for walking, biking and skiing. Three of the trails are self-guided with interpretive signage. There are observation decks and a ranger station for comfort and questions.

Fishing and hunting are allowed only in certain areas so checking ahead is vital.

The Baring Division of the park is located on Route 1 by Calais; the Edumunds Division in located on Route 1 in Edmunds. Both are approximately two hours from Bangor. The ranger station can be contacted at 454-7161.