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Great Wass Island Preserve, Beals

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The Great Wass Island Preservation is a 1576acre open space reserve located on the coast of Maine, 40mi east of Ellsworth, Maine on Great Wass Island. The reserve, managed by the land conservation non-profit organization The Nature Conservancy, is notable for its subarctic plants and coastal jackpine.
The Great Wass Island Preservation contains heaths and thin acidic soil on coastal bedrock. It is noted for a diverse plant population which includes carnivorous plants, subarctic iris(Iris hookeri) and coastal jackpine (Pinus banksiana). The Preservation offers 4.5mi of trails for hiking. An interpretive brochure is provided at the trailhead kiosk.
The Nature Conservancy acquired the land of the preservation in 1978.
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  • This is a hike of moderate difficulty due to the length, about 5 or more hours for the entire loop. Sturdy footwear, bug spray, snacks and water are necessary. Very peaceful with amazing views.  more »
  • We hiked the 5.5-mile loop consisting of the Little Cape Point Trail, shoreline, and the Mud Hole Trail. It was quite a workout, especially the 2-mile section up the shoreline, but it was very enjoyab...  more »
  • Everyone on the island should visit this preserve at some point! Lovely hiking trails and views. I've spotted snakes, birds, and a whale skeleton on hikes here over the years. Just bring some bug spray. Also, it is posted that there are no dogs allowed, though I think most of the locals are pretty understanding about pooches on the trail.
  • I loved the serenity watching the tide go out and the many seagulls diving for 🐟 fish. There is parking in the park with a small beach, picnic tables and chairs, BBQs and a portable toilet. You could camp overnight in the woods or in a self contained van.

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