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.
Drop by 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.
Guided walks (about an hour long) depart from the lawn in front of the Craignair Inn at 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.
Because of currently limited parking, guests will park nearby and take a five-minute ride to the Craignair Inn by van. See directions below.
Pre-registration is required so we’ll know how many people to expect and so we can contact you if the event is cancelled due to rain.
MCHT currently has Clark Island under an option to purchase and the effort to raise $4.8 million by April 1 is well under way! We have less than $850,000 to go! The surrounding communities have pitched in their support to help permanently preserve this island gem. Read more about this great community effort.
- 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 Marj Whitman 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.
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