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MCHT Preserves in the
Mount Desert Island Region

In the Mount Desert Island region, where we got our start, MCHT owns and cares for several off-the-beaten-path preserves open to the public. Kittredge Brook Forest offers miles of trails in the heart of the MDI, while offshore islands like Marshall Island and Black Island are wild and remote. Yes, this special part of Maine really does live up to the hype.

Acadia Mountain

Hidden on the northern flank of Acadia National Park’s namesake mountain, this small preserve in Mt. Desert is a tucked-away spot for quiet contemplation—complete with picnic table.

Babson Creek

This 36-acre preserve in Somesville features meadows, salt marsh, and a small wooded area that attracts wildlife throughout the year. 

Black Island and Little Black Island

This 337-acre preserve, part of Frenchboro, features quiet picnic spots, rugged beauty, and breathtaking ocean-side camping.

Blue Horizons

Located in a quiet western corner of Bar Harbor, Blue Horizons is an ideal spot for people seeking a peaceful walk in the woods to a picturesque shoreline.

Cranberry Shores

This 19-acre preserve tucked away on the southern shore of Great Cranberry Island offers splendid oceanside vistas and wildlife-viewing opportunities.

Folly Island

Surrounded by conserved lands in all directions, Folly Island is the perfect destination for paddlers, picnickers, and wildlife watching enthusiasts.


Frenchboro offers challenging hiking trails that begin near Lunt Harbor’s working waterfront and lead to dramatic rocky bluffs, remote beaches, and stunning views of Mount Desert Island.

Great Gott

This 59-acre island preserve off of MDI's Bass Harbor features gentle hiking trails, wildlife viewing opportunities, and pleasant coastal scenery.

Kelley Farm

A year-round recreational destination, Kelley Farm in Bernard offers dramatic views of the area, including the mountains of Acadia National Park.

Kittredge Brook Forest

In the center of Mount Desert Island, this expansive preserve is within a 2,000-acre block of protected land teeming with wildlife.

Marshall Island

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.

Mitchell Marsh

Located in Tremont, this 35-acre preserve features serene views of Blue Hill Bay, an expansive coastal marshland, and a cobble beach to explore.

Pond Island (Frenchboro)

This 241-acre preserve invites exploration and showcases spectacular scenery from the mountains of Acadia to the seemingly endless string of islands leading to Isle au Haut.

Stave Island

Located in Gouldsboro, this 121-acre island preserve’s bold southern shoreline features spectacular views of Frenchman Bay, Mount Desert Island and the peaks of Acadia National Park.

Thomas Island

The largest of a three-island archipelago in Mount Desert Narrows, Thomas Island offers an off-the-beaten path experience just minutes from Acadia National Park.

Tinker Island (McKenney Preserve)

The McKenney Preserve on Tinker Island in Tremont provides scenic vistas along its expansive beach-lined shores.

West Sister Island

Located in outer Blue Hill Bay, this preserve’s cobble beach offers stunning views of the distant peaks of Acadia National Park and surrounding islands.

MCHT preserves in the Mount Desert Island region: