Northern Corea Heath is a 600-acre property that links the National Wildlife Refuge to the south and Grand Marsh to the north. The wetlands and associated uplands here provide habitat for inland and coastal waterfowl and wading birds, migrating land birds, rare plants and unusual plant communities.
Roaring Brook flows through and widens into extensive wetlands in several places. Beavers have created a pond just north of the road. Rising from the edge of the wetland complex is a mixed forest of hardwoods, spruce, fir and pine, including a beautiful stand of the fire-dependent jack pine. Surrounded by intense development, it remains a quiet haven for wildlife and the people who walk there.
The wooded trail forms a loop 1.25 miles from the trailhead. Scenic highlights are the overlooks of the bog and beaver dams, lodges and tranquil water flows. Bird watching in this preserve can be outstanding. Allow 45 minutes for hiking.
From the Sullivan side of the Hancock-Sullivan bridge drive 9.1 miles on coastal Route 1N. Turn right onto 195 South to Prospect Harbor and Corea. Stay on 195S (Pond Road) for 4.8 miles. At the junction with 186 in Prospect Harbor, turn left, drive 0.1 mile and turn right on 195 (Corea Road). Drive on 195 for 2 miles and look to the left for FBC’s sign and parking.