Preserves great for camping
There’s nothing quite like spending the night on an island off the Maine coast. Maine Coast Heritage Trust offers island campsites up and down the coast for you to enjoy. Please note that some island campsites require pre-registration, especially for groups; see detailed info on the preserve pages.
Bagaduce River Region
This scenic tidal river and its surrounding landscape, known for its diverse wildlife habitat, is home to many conserved lands, including nine MCHT Preserves.
This small island preserve in Hancock County features lovely views of the Bagaduce River Estuary and many vantage points to spot wildlife.
Black Island and Little Black Island
This 337-acre preserve, part of Frenchboro, features quiet picnic spots, rugged beauty, and breathtaking ocean-side camping.
This 75-acre island northeast of the Fox Island Thorofare boasts open meadows, inviting beaches, and sweeping views of Penobscot Bay.
Just a stone’s throw from the St. George mainland, 20-acre High Island welcomes visitors to camp, picnic, hike, and take in spectacular views from its rugged shoreline.
Once owned by famed author E.B. White, Hog Island’s beaches and granite ledges invite exploration on the eastern edge of Eggemoggin Reach.
Located in Morgan Bay, this mostly wooded 15-acre island is surrounded by gravel beaches and a rocky shoreline that welcomes daytime and overnight visitors alike.
Located near the mouth of the Royal River, Lanes Island in Yarmouth has drawn visitors to its sandy shores for centuries.
Ed Woodsum Preserve encompasses all of 985-acre Marshall Island, one of the largest undeveloped islands on America’s eastern seaboard and home to remote campsites, rugged trails, and picturesque sand beaches.
Located between Stonington and Isle au Haut, this breathtakingly beautiful archipelago features eight MCHT island preserves open for exploration.
Located in eastern Penobscot Bay, this 32-acre island preserve features breathtaking views, extensive beaches, and diverse wildlife habitats.
Pond Island (Frenchboro)
This 241-acre preserve invites exploration and showcases spectacular scenery from the mountains of Acadia to the seemingly endless string of islands leading to Isle au Haut.
This 78-acre island Merchant Row island preserve features stunning coastal scenery for daytime and overnight visitors alike.
Located in Gouldsboro, this 121-acre island preserve’s bold southern shoreline features spectacular views of Frenchman Bay, Mount Desert Island and the peaks of Acadia National Park.
This trifecta of small islands features idyllic sand beaches and inviting campsites in the heart of Casco Bay.
The largest of a three-island archipelago in Mount Desert Narrows, Thomas Island offers an off-the-beaten path experience just minutes from Acadia National Park.
Tinker Island (McKenney Preserve)
The McKenney Preserve on Tinker Island in Tremont provides scenic vistas along its expansive beach-lined shores.
Located between Eastport and Lubec in the deep waters of Passamaquoddy and Cobscook bays, Treat Island has a rich history and abounds in natural beauty.
West Sister Island
Located in outer Blue Hill Bay, this preserve’s cobble beach offers stunning views of the distant peaks of Acadia National Park and surrounding islands.