Clarry Hill is a well-known site among Maine birders. With support from the Land For Maine’s Future Program, the Medomak Valley Land Trust secured easements to protect some of these important blueberry fields and grasslands. Nonetheless, it is best to avoid the site during active agricultural periods. Typically, that includes pollination season in late May when bees may be present, and the first few weeks of August when harvesting is going on.
In July, birders are drawn by the Savannah and Vesper Sparrows that nest in the fields. The highlight of the year comes in September when the panoramic views make hawk-watching a delight. In late autumn, it is the type of field that lures Snow Buntings, Horned Larks, and prowling Northern Shrikes.
Because the blueberries are a commercial agricultural crop, it is imperative that people and pets stay on the road. There is a road to the summit, but it is private and its use is subject to change without notice. Check for signs for landowner instructions.
Directions: From Route 1, turn onto Route 235 and follow 5.2 miles to a left turn onto Clarry Hill Road. Continue 2.5 miles and look for the dirt road on the left, located at a sharp bend in the road. From Route 17 in Union, turn south onto Clarry Hill Road and proceed 1.9 miles to the sharp bend.
Elmer Hart Lane
Union, ME 04862
GPS: 44.195731, -69.321488