Clark Island Open House
Join us for a special island exploration - and you don’t need a boat to get there! 175-acre Clark Island is one of those rare Maine islands connected to the mainland by a short causeway.
Drop by our Open House to experience Clark Island’s exciting potential for exploration and recreation as a public preserve. Take a hike to the abandoned granite piers of a former quarry, explore the rocky shoreline and pocket beaches, or simply join us for a hot dog on the lawn of the Craignair Inn while enjoying the salt breeze and beautiful view of Clark. Learn about this "preserve-in-progress" and our two-year fundraising campaign to purchase the property.
What to Expect:
You’re free to explore the island on your own (maps provided) or join us for a guided nature walk at 12:00 pm or a tidepool exploration at 12:30 pm. We will also run a shuttle service for anyone who’s not up to the walk but would like to see the quiet interior of the island and the beautiful views across Penobscot Bay.
There is no charge for this event, but parking is limited and pre-registration is required.
MCHT currently has Clark Island under an option to purchase and the effort to raise $4.8 million by March 2020 is underway! The surrounding communities have pitched in their support to help permanently preserve this island gem. If successful, 120 acres of the island will be managed as a preserve – free and open to the public.
What to Bring:
Come prepared to explore the island! Comfortable walking shoes and an extra layer are important – it can be chilly on the coast. A backpack to carry your extra items is a good idea if you’ll be walking on the island. The dirt road onto Clark Island is fairly flat and can accommodate strollers.
- Appropriate clothing and extra layers (windbreaker, rain jacket, fleece, etc.)
- Hat and sunglasses
- Plenty of water and snacks
- Watershoes or Teva-style sandals if you’d like to explore the tidepools with us.
- Hiking poles if you use them
- Insect repellent
- Field guide
From Route One in Thomaston: Take Rt. 131 /High Street South from Thomaston center. After 5.3 miles, turn left onto Rt. 73 N/ Seal Harbor Road. After 0.9 miles, turn right onto Clark Island Road. After 1.4 miles, turn left onto 3rd Street at the Craignair Inn and look for parking signs.
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