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Ned's Point

Forming the southern end of Friendship Long Island, this mostly forested 122-acre preserve offers quiet picnic spots with exceptional views of nearby islands and bays.

Ned’s Point is great for:

Hiking – Venture along the preserve’s two trails to explore the island’s interior, discovering signs of its natural and human history. 

Wildlife Observation – Scan the offshore water for harbor seals, harbor porpoises, eider ducks, guillemots, cormorants, loons, and other marine inhabitants.

How to get there

Ned’s Point Preserve is located on the southern tip of Friendship Long Island. Find the nearest public boat launches in Friendship Harbor and Hatchett Cove (hand-carry only), with another excellent option roughly 6 miles away in Round Pond. At low tide, the best access is at the beaches in the north- and south-facing coves on the western side.  Large boats will find good anchorage in either cove, depending on wind direction, and small boats can land on the beach.

Much of the preserve is surrounded by deep water. However, the portion on Minister Gut nearly flats out at low tide. There is a pier available on the southeastern shore, on Minister Gut, that is inaccessible around all but mid- to high-tide.

Get directions from Google Maps Printable preserve map (183KB PDF)

Two trails to explore

Visitors will find short trails that wind through the preserve’s interior, including past the remains of the former Thomas family homestead. Look for signs of deer, snowshoe hare, fox, raccoons, and other small mammals in the forest. Bald eagles and great blue herons are often spotted from the shoreline, visiting from nearby nesting islands. Please note that trails leave the preserve and cross onto privately owned property. If you follow the trails beyond the MCHT preserve, please respect private property owners.

Notes on topography, flora & fauna

Named after the peninsula on the island’s southwest corner, the preserve features two coves on either side of the point. At the head of each cove is a fine gravel beach. Most of the preserve’s remaining shoreline consists of granite ledges, except for the portion facing Minister Gut where the shore is made up of a mix of fringing marsh and ledge.

How this place became open to the public

Ned’s Point was acquired by MCHT in stages, from 2001 to 2007.

This place belongs to all of us. Help us take care of it!

Preserve information/guidelines

  • No Camping Permitted
  • Fires By Permit Only - Maine State Law
    • Contact Maine Forest Service at 207-827-1800 for Permit
    • Keep All Fires Below High Tide Line
    • Do Not Cut or Break Tree Limbs, Dead or Alive
    • Leave No Fire Unattended
    • Completely Extinguish All Fires
  • Carry Out All Trash
    • Including Human and Pet Waste and Toilet Paper
  • Keep Pets Under Control
  • Please Respect the Privacy of Preserve Neighbors