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Originally published in Seasonal Guide, April 11, 2014
Welcome to Spring on the Peninsula 2014

Sunset Village Green Memorial Garden on Route 15A in Deer Isle
Penobscot Bay Press file photo

Welcome to the Spring issue of our Seasonal Guide and awaken to the season with our ten towns. Farmers’ markets raise their banners, ball teams swing their bats, Memorial Day parades march down Main Streets, and the rivers and woods fill with new life.

Awanadjo Almanack columnist Rob McCall shares his Spring insights; local chefs weigh in on farm-to-table fare; great trails to hike in Hiking and Walking Trails; restaurants and galleries; and local happenings Around Town.

But first, “Come with me into the woods where spring is advancing,”* as we shine a light on the two latest trails from the Blue Hill Conservation Trust and a favorite public garden in Sunset, on Deer Isle.

Becton Trail on Blue Hill Mountain

For those who want a more challenging hike up Blue Hill Mountain, the new two-mile Becton Trail is twice as long as the traditional trails. It ascends the north side of the mountain, skirting wetlands and Noyes Pond, with views of Toddy Pond and Great Pond Mountain near the summit. “On a crystal-clear day in the fall,” said BHHT director Jim Dow, “you could probably see Katahdin.”

Where is it? On Turkey Farm Rd., off Ellsworth Rd.

One Hundred Acre Wood

Opened last September, this 1.7-mile trail lies on 113 acres of varied woodland in North Brooklin. Named after the wood that is home to A.A. Milne’s characters from Winnie-the-Pooh, the trail features 17 bog bridges over wetter areas, a diverse forest and some open blueberry grounds.

Where is it? On Hales Hill Rd., about 500 feet from intersection with High St.

Sunset Village Green Memorial Garden

Founded in 1967, this garden offers stone pathways, benches and a variety of greens and flowers. Low rock walls separate beds and areas of grass, and granite blocks border walking paths. The garden is owned by the Sunset Congregational Church but cared for by a group called the Village Green Garden. More than 20 members help keep the garden looking healthy.

Where is it? In Sunset, on Rte. 15A between Deer Isle and Stonington.