Located in the northern tip of North Berwick, Bauneg Beg Mountain has three peaks, the highest of which is 866' higher than Mount Agamenticus. The peaks can be seen from the Atlantic Ocean and have been used by mariners navigating the Maine Coast. On a clear day, from the top, you can see both Mount Washington to the NW and the Atlantic Ocean to the SE. The mountain is the only one in southern Maine that does not have a radio tower. The trails wind through a deciduous forest, then up through a pine grove through a large boulder section known as Devil's Den and on to the view from the high peak.The hike up is about a half-hour walk and there is a choice of longer – Ginny's Way – or steeper – Linny's Way – routes to the top. Recent additions to the trail include a trail to Bauneg Beg Road and a loop to North Peak, owned by Town of North Berwick and pictured here. Link to Google Maps.
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Bauneg Beg Hike is Short, Views are Grand (by Carey Kish) Maine Sunday Telegram, March 3, 2012
Directions to BBM Fox Farm Hill Road parking lot and trailhead:
Heading on north on Rte. 4 out of N. Berwick, go 2.1 miles,
then left on Boyle Road, which turns into Ford Quint Road, for about 5.5 miles,
then left on Fox Farm Hill Road. Parking lot will be about .3 miles on your left.
To go back to North Berwick, continue on Fox Farm Hill Road, left on Hammond Road, left on Bauneg Beg Hill Road, left on Oak Woods Road, taking you to Route 4. It is a lovely loop!
History of project:
34.A Bauneg Beg Hilltop, North Berwick 8/00
The purchase of 69 acres including two of the three hilltops that make up Bauneg Beg Mountain. This is the first of three purchases under a purchase and sale agreement signed with the owners.
34.B Bauneg Beg, North Berwick 11/00
The purchase of 16 acres as the second parcel of a three part purchase. This land has a small amount of frontage on Fox Hill Farm Road and will be the site for a parking lot.
34.C Bauneg Beg, North Berwick 3/01
The final purchase was completed representing a four acre lot with frontage on Bauneg Beg Hill Road. 1.3 miles. The parking lot is on the left.
from Fall 2003 newsletter:
The Bauneg Beg Mountain Conservation Area, purchased by the Trust in 2001, consists of 89 wooded acres of peaceful logging trails, surprising rock formations, and a panoramic view. Visitors will find that a new gravel parking lot has been constructed, making access to the Devil’s Den Trail a bit easier. Even the parking lot has a view! Bauneg Beg is an elusive mountain, seen only from a distance and in certain weather conditions. It seems to hide from those who approach, and hikers rarely expect the awesome rock formations and panoramic view they find at the top. It has a few steep steps at the top, but is otherwise very manageable for just about anyone.
The trail begins at the parking lot on Fox Farm Hill Road in North Berwick, between Hammond and Ford Quint Roads, across from a large brick house. Follow the newlycut lower trail above the parking, then head left into the woods. Turn right to pick up the wide trail toward the summit. Near the top, when the trail splits, go right, wind around the big rocks and up the narrow trail to your left and out onto the cliffs, which face back over the trail. Be sure to see both sections of open face, as the views are a little different. Keep going to take the easy way down– stay left! If you want to take the easy way up, rewind to “when the trail splits” and head left there, instead. The gentle trail will take you back and forth and up. On a very clear day, you’ll see both the ocean and the mountains. The walk up takes about 20 minutes and is a great climb for kids.