Cox Pinnacle and the surrounding acreage is a new land acquisition by the Town Of Brunswick. The 103-acre parcel consists of wooded hills, rocky ledges and areas of wetland. It has been purchased with the intent to provide low-impact, trail recreation for Brunswick citizens, maintain open space for wildlife and prevent development from changing the rural character of western Brunswick.
At approximately 350 feet, the Pinnacle is the highest point of land in Brunswick, and once boasted a view of the White Mountains. Old logging and farming roads provide access to the pinnacle, as well as other peaceful stopping points. These trails have been used for walking, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and horseback riding. They will also be suitable for mountain bike use. With a bit of trail work, these trails will be accessible from both the Durham and Hacker Roads near the Durham border.
This property lies in proximity to other parcels currently under conservation easement. This juxtaposition allows for the possibility of a greater trail system in Brunswick. One vision for a trail network includes this property, connecting it with the CMP power lines or other protected properties, then onto the Androscoggin River and into town. From Bowdoin College, this trail will continue on to Middle Bay due to the work of the Friends of the Commons.
The Friends of Cox Pinnacle began as a neighborhood organization with the goal of preserving open space in western Brunswick. We have entered into a public/private partnership with the Town of Brunswick to raise funds to preserve this beautiful 103-acre parcel in its entirety. The Brunswick Town Council agreed to purchase this property for $250,000, with the condition that the Friends of Cox Pinnacle raise half of the purchase price, or $125,000. We have been given three years to accomplish this task. If we are unable to reach this goal, the council reserves the right to sell enough property to recover whatever shortfall remains at the end of the three year period.
Now that the Town Council has embraced this land acquisition, we are entering a new phase in this conservation effort. We are asking Brunswick citizens from all areas of our town to join the Friends of Cox Pinnacle in preserving this 103-acre parcel in its entirety. With your support and financial commitment, we can retain the integrity of this property for recreational use, protect wildlife habitat and limit the inevitable development from changing the rural character of western Brunswick forever.
You can lend your support in several ways. By joining the Friends of Cox Pinnacle, you will be apprised of our fundraising progress, the time and location of informational meetings, fundraising events and trail work days. As an informed member, you can begin to spread the word about this property, and contribute to its use and accessibility.
In order to raise the $125,000 needed to preserve the entire parcel, we need you to make a financial contribution as well. Please make tax deductible contributions out to the Town of Brunswick - Pinnacle Fund. These donations should be sent to Friends of Cox Pinnacle, P.O. Box 475, Brunswick, ME 04011. We thank you in advance for your generosity.