Friar's Head TrailRoosevelt Campobello International Park
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The Friar's Head Trail is a short trail that loops around the point of land called Friar's Head. It is a more interested way to get to the Friar's Head Lookout Platform. The trail starts by cutting through an old apple orchard and then a patch of alders. There are narrow boardwalks in the wet spots. After the alders you get views of the Lubec Channel. The trail then steadily climbs through a hardwood ridge until it comes out in a small field in front of the lookout.
The lookout platform has interpretive signs and 180-degree views of Cobscook Bay and Eastport in Maine, and Deer Island and Friar's Bay in New Brunswick. There are also several interesting islands in the bays. Farthest to the right you will see the front lawn of the Roosevelt Cottage.
After enjoying the lookout, the trail continues around the top of the hill overlooking Friar's Bay. The Friar rock formation is below but you can't see it unless you go down to the beach at low tide. The trail descends through another beautiful hardwood forest and has more views of Friar's Bay. The trail goes through a small patch of spruce and comes to a junction. Turning right will take you back to the road to Friar's Head Lookout. Turning left will take you down to Friar's Bay Beach.
Drive in the road to the Friar's Head Lookout and you will soon cross the wide, crushed rock Roosevelt Cottage Multi-Use Trail. Park here if you can do so without blocking the road or the trail. There are also several picnic areas with picnic tables nearby that provide options for parking. Walk in the Multi-Use Trail a short distance on the right and you will see a hiking sign pointing across the field on the left. Follow this path down into the spruce stand. In the spruce stand you will come to a junction. Turning left will take you on the Friar's Head Trail up the hill to Friar's Head Lookout. Continuing straight will take you down to Friar's Bay Beach.
We started at the other end of the trail. We walked up the road and kept left at the junction. Just before the road takes a sharp turn you will see the trail enter the woods on the left.
Other Trails in the Park
- Cranberry Point Trail
- Customes House Trail
- Duck Pond Multi-Use Trail
- Eagle Hill Bog Boardwalk
- Friar's Bay Beach
- Liberty Point to Lower Duck Pond Trail
- Lower Duck Pond Beach Walk
- Lower Duck Pond to Raccoon Beach Trail
- Mulholland Lighthouse Trail
- Raccoon Beach to Herring Cove Beach Walk
- Roosevelt Cottage Multi-Use Trail
- Sunsweep Trail
- Upper Duck Pond to Fox Farm Meadow Trail
Trail Last Hiked: February 19, 2023.
Page Last Updated: February 3, 2024.