Marshall Island Hike
Tucked between Swan’s Island and Isle au Haut on the eastern edge of Jericho Bay, MCHT’s Ed Woodsum Preserve encompasses all 985 acres of Marshall Island, one of the largest undeveloped islands on the eastern seaboard.
Our day will include a five-mile hike along wooded shoreline paths, rocky coves, and through the interior of the island. We’ll visit Popplestone Cove, Boxam Cove, and stop for a picnic lunch along the way. We’ll leave time to enjoy the beach at Sand Cove - arguably Maine’s most spectacular sand beach – and definitely one of the most remote!
Marshall Island was acquired by MCHT in 2003. The preserve includes 10 miles of hiking trails that connect four campsites, open meadows, spruce forest, an abandoned airstrip, and a shoreline ringed with hidden sand beaches and bold rock ledges.
What to expect:
This trip includes an extended hike in a remote location with no cell service and no bathroom facilities. You must be physically fit to participate. We will maintain an active pace on our five-mile route when hiking on rugged trails. Expect uneven footing over tree roots, rocks, and through wooded gullies. The trail will pass over bog bridging that can be slippery when wet.
Be prepared for a one-hour boat ride to the island. We’ll shuttle to the island in a small dinghy. Participants must be able to climb over the side of the boat into the dinghy and then climb out and into the water at the shore. Pack a pair of rubber boots or sandals that can get wet, and dry footwear and socks to change into for the hike. You do not want to spend the day hiking in wet shoes!
This trip is not recommended for children under the age of ten.
We’ll be running two boats for this popular trip. Please sign up for either the 8:00 am departure or the 8:30 am departure. Due to strict capacity limits, you must travel on the boat you sign up for. We will be leading a separate hike for each boat. Due to the remote nature of our destination, there will not be an opportunity for solo hiking. Use the orange buttons to register for the departure of your choice.
What we provide:
- A bagged lunch, one bottle of water, and a map
- What to bring:
- Appropriate clothing and extra layers (i.e. windbreaker, rain jacket, fleece)
- A small backpack for your lunch and belongings
- Good walking/hiking shoes; must be closed-toe with sturdy soles
- Rubber boots or sandals that can get wet getting out of the dinghy
- Lots of water and snacks
- A hat and sunglasses
- Insect repellent
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.
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 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 Avenue. This will require a short walk to the ferry terminal. Allow extra time! Due to limited parking, we recommend car-pooling!
Contact us at or call (207) 729-7366.
Donors who have made a gift in the past twelve month receive a 50% discount on trip fees for themselves and one guest. There’s still time to get this perk - donate today!
This event takes place at our Marshall Island preserve.
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.
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