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MCHT Preserves in the
Midcoast Region

Whether you’re looking to island hop in Muscongus Bay, see the world-famous Belted Galloway cattle at Rockport’s Aldermere Farm, take a walk around Harriman Point Preserve in Brooklin, or cruise the waters of Maine’s beloved Merchant Row, MCHT’s midcoast preserves offer a wide variety of unique experiences.

Aldermere Farm

Nestled on the western shore of Penobscot Bay in Rockport, Aldermere Farm and its Belted Galloway cattle have been area landmarks for generations.

Ash Island

Located in Owls Head, this 47-acre island features shoreline vistas, picnic spots, and opportunities to observe resident wildlife.

A serene view from Till Point Preserve

Bagaduce River Region

This scenic tidal river and its surrounding landscape, known for its diverse wildlife habitat, is home to many conserved lands, including nine MCHT Preserves.

Basin Preserve

Jointly owned and managed by MCHT and Vinalhaven Land Trust, The Basin Preserve surrounds a wildlife-rich embayment on Vinalhaven’s eastern shore.

Battle Island

This small island preserve in Hancock County features lovely views of the Bagaduce River Estuary and many vantage points to spot wildlife.

Big Babson Island

This scenic island preserve in Brooklin can be visited on its own or as part of a longer itinerary that includes stops at other nearby conserved lands.

Black Island is in the bottom left-hand corner.

Black Island

Located in the heart of Muscongus Bay, 15-acre Black Island welcomes visitors to camp, picnic, hike, and take in spectacular views from its rugged shoreline.

Calderwood Island

This 75-acre island northeast of the Fox Island Thorofare boasts open meadows, inviting beaches, and sweeping views of Penobscot Bay.

Elizabeth Noyce Preserve (Louds Island)

This 106-acre island preserve on Louds Island in Muscongus Bay offers a gentle hiking trail as well as a cobblestone beach surrounded by rugged coastal scenery.

Erickson Fields

This former Rockport dairy farm features a 1.4-mile trail and gardens where young people grow food for the community.

Harriman Point

In Brooklin, Harriman Point’s beaches boast spectacular views across Blue Hill Bay to Mount Desert Island. Welcome to Blue Hill Peninsula’s largest continuous stretch of coastline open to the public.

Head Harbor

This 72-acre preserve abuts Acadia National Park’s Isle au Haut section and features secluded hiking trails and breathtaking scenery.

High Island

Just a stone’s throw from the St. George mainland, 20-acre High Island welcomes visitors to camp, picnic, hike, and take in spectacular views from its rugged shoreline.

Hog Island

Once owned by famed author E.B. White, Hog Island’s beaches and granite ledges invite exploration on the eastern edge of Eggemoggin Reach.


Located on Vinalhaven, the Huber Preserve features a wildflower-lined hiking trail that leads to a picturesque shoreline with pleasant views of Seal Bay.

Jed’s Island

Located in Morgan Bay, this mostly wooded 15-acre island is surrounded by gravel beaches and a rocky shoreline that welcomes daytime and overnight visitors alike.


Despite its small size, the 21-acre Lampson Preserve in Castine and Penobscot offers many wildlife viewing opportunities and a quiet picnic spot along the banks of the Bagaduce River.

Merchant Row

Located between Stonington and Isle au Haut, this breathtakingly beautiful archipelago features eight MCHT island preserves open for exploration.

Ned’s Point

Forming the southern end of Friendship Long Island, this mostly forested 122-acre preserve offers quiet picnic spots with exceptional views of nearby islands and bays.

Pond Island

Located in eastern Penobscot Bay, this 32-acre island preserve features breathtaking views, extensive beaches, and diverse wildlife habitats.

Rene Henderson

Located in Castine, this quiet 100-acre preserve invites exploration of its mixed forest uplands and diverse wetlands.

Saddleback Island

This 78-acre island Merchant Row island preserve features stunning coastal scenery for daytime and overnight visitors alike.

Seal Bay & Winter Harbor

Located in Vinalhaven, Seal Bay and Winter Harbor are known for their scenic beauty, abundant wildlife, and protected anchorage.

Tills Point

Located in Penobscot, this lovely 49-acre preserve offers sweeping views of the Bagaduce River and conservation lands in all directions.

Photo by Jerry Monkman

Witherle Woods

Located in Castine, Witherle Woods has a rich military history, offers pleasant views of Penobscot Bay, and features groomed cross-country skiing trails in the winter.

MCHT preserves in the Midcoast region: