Devil's Head offers multiple walking opportunities depending on the ability and desires of the visitor. The most challenging walk is the main trail that leads to the summit of the 340' tall granite head. The second option for a classic woodland trail is the Shoreline Bluffs Trail, which winds parallel to the St. Croix River. A third option for walking is the access trail itself. Lastly, a short trail leads to the shoreline for beach access. For a map of the trails, visit this page at Maine Trail Finder.
The Devil's Head Trail
The primary trail at Devil's Head takes its visitors to the top of the granite bluffs. The trail is clearly marked and graded where possible to enable easy traction, though there are moments of steepness. The trail passes through both deciduous (leafy) and coniferous (piney) tree patches and users can expect to see multiple forms of rock, tree, and floral specimens depending on the time of year. The main trail begins in one spot on the access trail and ends at another closer to the shore (see map below). It is approximately 1.3 miles in total length. Note that while the trail leads to the summit, there is not an accessible view of the river due to the high trees - we're working on putting an observation tower up to remedy this situation!
The Shoreline Bluffs Trail
Built in 2016, the Shoreline Bluffs trail offers visitors the opportunity to traverse through a relatively easy wooded landscape. Several improvements have been made to enhance the accessibility of the trail, including wooden walkways added to steeper locations. The trail has been successfully walked by visitors in their 80s with average mobility. It is a favorite of youngsters, some of whom describe it as "the place where the fairies live." The Shoreline Bluffs trail travels alongside the St. Croix River, granting occasional views of its bright blue surface. The 0.67 mile trail passes through heavily-mossed forests of large pines, hemlocks, cedars, birches, and other species characteristic of a northern mixed forest.
The Access Trail
If you're more inclined to walk down a consistent surface, the dirt access road itself may be the best choice. The access road extends from the entry parking lot by Route 1 all the way down to a loop adjacent to the picnic spots and the beach access stairway. The bottom loop is a bit steep, so be prepared to walk uphill at times. The access trail hosts all three public outhouses at Devil's Head: one at the top parking lot, one by the main trail's entrance, and one in the lower area by the beach. While the access trail is definitely the favorite option for bikers and those in vehicles, please avoid using too much speed while traveling down it for the safety of all of our visitors. Those who travel along the Devil's Head trail or Shoreline Bluffs trail will need to use the access trail to return to their vehicles.
The Beach Trail
Though "trail" may be a bit of an ambitious term for this short path leading to the beach, the importance of the trail can't be understated. By traveling down this walkway - which is now under active renovation to improve its safety and accessibility, as shown on the right - visitors are able to access the St. Croix River as it meets the Passamaquoddy Bay. The beach is mostly rocky with patches of sand and seagrass, and it is occasionally exposed thanks to the tides of up to 26' coming in and out every twelve hours. The beach offers a great view of the granite head itself as well as the St. Croix Island (learn more about the island in the History section).