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Barred Island Preserve

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Incredible "Hike"

Its a short walk down to the ocean and Barred Island. It is so beautiful once you make it to the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Don B
Awesome at high tide too - parking vandalism issue Aug 2018

Most information about this preserve suggests planning your trip around low tide - so most visitors... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Sunset Road, Deer Isle, ME 04627
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Its a short walk down to the ocean and Barred Island. It is so beautiful once you make it to the beach. I'd recommend going as the tide is going out so you can explore the island and the tide pools.

1  Thank Don B
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Most information about this preserve suggests planning your trip around low tide - so most visitors shoot for low tide and the parking area is often full. But the unique part of your visit will be walking through one of the best fog forests (moss!!!)...More

1  Thank NickB-0001
Reviewed 11 August 2018

We were glad for our hiking boots on this wet day. Really fun hike through the beautiful woods and climbing on the rocky beach.

Thank Ann H
Reviewed 8 August 2018 via mobile

We were visiting in Brooklin and were told what a treat it was to walk to the beach at Barred Island Preserve and to arrive for low tide. There were 3 of us -- myself, my daughter, and my 4 year old granddaughter. We arrived...More

2  Thank thumper1
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

We often take visiting kids and family to this magical spot. For about 3 hours on either side of low tide , the sand bar between Barred I. and Stinson Neck creates a beautiful beach wit acces to a small island surrounded by granite ledge...More

1  Thank Richard B
Reviewed 29 July 2018 via mobile

I can not say enough about this magical place. Worth every step. The beach is beautiful and the walk around the island is breath taking ....I have been there twice and still enjoy every moment. A must see in Maine

1  Thank cwhitmore887
Reviewed 27 July 2018

If you park at the Cockatoo restaurant the walk is a lot shorter and easier, plus you can have a great drink at the end.

3  Thank MandyAZ
Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

The local heritage trust offers a number of hikes, and we thought this one was the best. Well maintained and well marked, it travels through the forest and ends at the shore. At low tide, you can walk over the sand bar to Barred Island....More

1  Thank Peter B
Reviewed 1 July 2018

Parking limited, go early, not a crowded place, know the times of tides as it is worth crossing out to the island at low tide. Pretty hike,

1  Thank Tom H
Reviewed 27 June 2018

If you are looking for a lovely way to spend an hour or so in nature, this is a beautiful walk, although a bit challenging with the root system so near the surface. If the tide is low, you can walk to Barred Island, definitely...More

1  Thank Barbara N
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