Hunter Cove Wildlife Sanctuary

About Hunter Cove Wildlife Sanctuary

Hunter Cove offers 1.5 miles of easy, flat trails with several loop options. The trails lead out to a beautiful section of Hunter Cove on Rangeley Lake.


HCWS is 100-acres of forested lands bordering Rangeley Lake, Dodge Pond Stream, and Route 4. There’s an abundance of habitats for songbirds, wading birds, amphibians; there is also a deer wintering area.


HCWS is a popular bird-watching, snowshoeing, and backcountry skiing property. Several wet areas have bog bridging. Be prepared to get your feet wet.  


There is an outhouse near the parking area.


Recreation Opportunities

Conservation Story

The Maine Audubon Society acquired the property in 1974.  Because of the challenge of maintaining the property from their headquarters in Falmouth, Audubon donated the property to RLHT in 2004 as part of an effort to ensure local stewardship and proper management.


Being prepared means knowing where you are going before getting there. Pack a map, talk with hikers and look at trail apps. Choose equipment for comfort, weather, and safety. Plan the trip to match your time, skills, and abilities. 

We strive for one well-designed trail rather than many poorly chosen routes. Stay within the width of the trail and hike single file on durable surfaces, like rock and sand. They can withstand repeated use. Durable surfaces are less likely to erode. Vegetation, including the lichen that grows on rocks, is fragile and easily damaged by treads. 

Carry in, carry out. Please remove your pet’s waste.

Allow those who come after you the same sense of wonder by leaving flowers, rocks, plants, archaeological artifacts, and other objects of interest where they are. 

Permitted campfires are allowed in the established fire ring. State of Maine laws must be followed. 

When wildlife watching, we recommend using the  Rule of Thumb. Don’t touch, get near, feed, or pick up wild animals. Doing so causes them stress, and they may have a harmful disease to humans. 

Always be courteous to other visitors. Everyone deserves to enjoy a positive outdoor experience. Be mindful of your noise level, be a responsible pet owner, and enjoy the natural world. 



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