Great Wass Island Preserve, Beals

#13 of 29 in Wildlife in DownEast and Acadia Maine
Must see · Island · Hiking Trail
The Great Wass Island Preservation is a 1,576-acre (638 ha) open space reserve located on the coast of Maine, 40 miles (64 km) 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.

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  • We are staying on the island so couldn't forego the opportunity for a hike. We did the Mud Hole hike and it was breathtaking. We were happy to have good boots and hiking poles (but we are old). The...  more »
  • Went back after hurricane Doria passed. After hiking a wooded area the coast opens into view. The trail shifts to the shoreline with spectacular views. Allow several hours to walk the whole loop.  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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