Black Island Picnic
A favorite picnic and hiking destination for generations, 451-acre Black Island has pink granite bluffs, cobble beaches, and a rich history as a bustling granite quarry.
While the island hasn’t had year-round residents since the 1930s, it supported a thriving community in the late 1800s, complete with its own schoolhouse. The trail that runs through the now quiet interior of the island is an overgrown track that ran granite from the quarry site in the middle of the island to the old stone wharf where we'll be landing.
We’ll be on the island for approximately three hours – plenty of time to enjoy a picnic lunch on the smooth granite ledges overlooking Blue Hill Bay. You are welcome to relax and explore on your own – or join us for an optional short hike to the abandoned quarry. Bring a good book and a blanket or a pair of hiking shoes and enjoy the afternoon at your own pace on this beautiful remote island.
What to expect:
Black Island is a remote island with no facilities. We will shuttle to the island from our boat in a small dinghy. Participants must be agile enough to climb from the boat into the dinghy and from the dinghy onto the shore at the island. Pack a pair of rubber boots or sandals that can get wet getting out of the dinghy and a pair of dry footwear to change into.
- A bagged lunch, bottle of water, and a map
What to bring:
- Appropriate clothing and extra layers (ex: wind breaker, rain jacket, fleece)
- A small backpack for your lunch and belongings
- Good walking/hiking shoes (we recommend close-toed shoes for hiking the woodland paths and climbing on the rocks)
- A hat and sunglasses
- Insect repellent
- Extra water and a snack
Cancellation policy and weather:
We want you to have the best possible experience on this trip!
- If we have to cancel due to weather, you will be contacted by email 24 hours in advance and issued a full refund.
- If your plans change, you must cancel at least 48 hours before departure time to qualify for a refund, and to make room for others on the waiting list.
- Last minute cancellations and no-shows will not be issued a refund.
Parking: The trip departs from the public float beside the Maine State Ferry Terminal for Swan’s Island. A limited number of parking spaces are available for $10 in the small lot Ferry Terminal parking area. Park and then pay inside the terminal.
We recommend the free parking available in the post office parking lot at the corner of Harbor Road and McMullen Ave. This will require a walk of approx. ½ mile to the ferry terminal. Allow extra time!
Contact us at or call (207) 729-7366.
Current donors receive a 50% discount on trip fees for themselves and three friends! To receive this perk, you must have made a donation in the past year. Or, you can donate today!
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