5. Greenleaf Cove Common Lot (Greenleaf Cove Association)
Water access points to the shoreline are limited on Westport Island even though the island has over 25 miles of shore. Under Maine’s Open Space Tax Program, the Greenleaf Cove Association permanently protected their “common lot” as open space. The lot is open to the public for shoreline access to Greenleaf Cove on the Sheepscot River. Currently, it is the only public water access on the Sheepscot River side of the Island. If you bring a canoe or kayak, be prepared for a trek down a well-maintained, fairly steep trail and stairway to the shore. The trail can be slippery when wet, so use at your own risk.
To get to the Greenleaf Cove Common Lot, take Oak Run Road (one mile south of the fire station). Continue a half mile to the end of Oak Run and bear left at the fork and turnaround. The trail is about 300 feet down the drive on the left, visible on the left just before the stone pillars and private driveway. Park where noted on sign.
Adjacent to roadside parking, the trail opening is marked with a small sign indicating the direction to the Cove. Please be respectful of nearby property owners and posted rules -- and enjoy the views of the harbor seal haul-out and the site of the Parsons Tidal Mill.