Folly Island Open House
Please join Maine Coast Heritage Trust for a day exploring Folly Island. Pack a picnic lunch and bring your friends and family to explore this small but beautiful island off the west shore of Mount Desert Island.
Folly Island is the perfect destination for paddlers, picnickers, and wildlife watching enthusiasts. The small, hilly island sits at the entrance to Pretty Marsh Harbor and at the southern end of Bartlett Narrows. The closest public boat launch site is nearby at Bartlett’s Landing in Pretty Marsh. There is also a public ramp with good parking in Seal Cove.
On the island, both the northern and southern shores have pocket beaches and good landing sites for small boats. The Folly Island Preserve is open to the public year-round for but no camping is permitted. There are no trails on the island.
If you have your own boat or kayak, meet us there! There will be MCHT staff on the island to greet you and answer any questions. If you'll be arriving on your own boat or kayak, there is no need to pre-register.
This trip is appropriate (and encouraged!) for children.
MCHT will offer three free boat shuttles to Folly Island from Bartlett’s Landing. The shuttles will depart from the boat launch at 10:00 am, 11:00 am, and 12:30 pm.
Pre-registration for a seat on one of the free shuttles is required. Contact MCHT at (207) 244-5100 to sign up.
The ride to Folly Island takes approximately 5-10 minutes. Participants will be able to spend roughly two hours on the island before the boat shuttle returns to Bartlett’s Landing. We will provide mandatory life vests for adults but please bring your own for children. Please sign-in with the MCHT greeter upon your arrival at the dock.
Participants must be agile enough to step off the dock into a small boat and then climb out over the side of the boat onto the beach at the island. Please wear footwear that can get wet getting on and off the boat (boots, watershoes, Teva-style sandals, etc.).
What to Bring:
- Wear footwear appropriate for climbing along on the rocky shoreline, sandy beaches, and paths. Be prepared to get your feet wet disembarking from the boat at the island. Wear a bathing suit and bring a towel if you’d like to swim.
- A picnic lunch or plenty of snacks and water.
- A hat and an extra layer (win breaker or fleece, etc.).