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. We invite the public to a special preview to learn about this "preserve-in-progress" and our current fundraising campaign to purchase the property. If successful, 120 acres of the island will be managed as a preserve – free and open to the public forever.
Come see for yourself! Drop by the Open House to experience Clark Island’s exciting potential for exploration and recreation as a public preserve. We’ll lead guided hikes on Clark’s loop trail through the quiet interior meadows and woods, and past the abandoned cellar holes, granite piers, and pond of a former quarry. You are also welcome to explore on your own.
MCHT currently has Clark Island under an option to purchase and the effort to raise $4.8 million by March 2020 is well under way! The surrounding communities have pitched in their support to help permanently preserve this island gem.
Dollar-for-Dollar Match: Thanks to a group of lead donors and the Board of Directors at Maine Coast Heritage Trust, every gift made to Clark Island will now be matched dollar for dollar – whether it’s a one-time gift of $50, a $100 monthly gift, or a larger multi-year pledge. Give today and double your generosity!!
What to Expect:
Our departure point will be the lawn of the Craignair Inn which overlooks Clark Island. You’re free to explore the island on your own (maps provided) or join us for a guided walk that will take about an hour to complete. Guided walks depart from the lawn in front of the Craignair Inn at 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 12:00 p.m. Because of currently limited parking, guests will park nearby and take a five-minute ride to the Craignair Inn by van.
Pre-registration is encouraged so we’ll know how many people to expect and so we can contact you if the event is cancelled due to rain.
- All attendees will park at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, 113 Marina Road, Spruce Head/St. George. There will be shuttle vans to take you to and from the lawn at the Craignair Inn where we will be gathering. The van ride takes less than five minutes.
- Parking at the inn is reserved for guests of the Inn. Please help us honor this.
What to Bring:
Come prepared to explore the island! Bring or wear water shoes if you want to explore the beautiful sandy pocket beaches and tidepools.
Comfortable walking shoes and a backpack to carry your extra items is a good idea if you’ll be walking on the island.
- 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 or wade in the water
- Hiking poles if you use them
- Insect repellent
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 approximately a half mile, look for parking signs at the entrance to Marina Road on the left.
Contact us at or call (207) 729-7366.
Make a donation to MCHT today and support conservation on the coast of Maine. Your contribution helps us protect and steward special places like Clark Island.