Maude E. and Eugene Snow Natural Area
This is a 40 acre parcel with over 2550 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 “reversing tidal rapid.” 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 exciting 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 sitings 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 near by, 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 (but not for very long–don’t 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.
To get to Snow Natural Area, starting at the reversing falls on Rte. 175/176 in North Brooksville, head south to the stop sign, turn right on 176. A quarter of a mile down the road, take a right onto Young’s Point Rd. When the road forks, bear right. Look for a small parking area on the right marked by a Trust sign. Park in the parking area. 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.