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“Stunning walk to get there and be sure to visit at low tide; limited parking”

Barred Island Preserve
Sharon, Connecticut
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244 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Stunning walk to get there and be sure to visit at low tide; limited parking”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2012

The walk through the Preserve is truly amazing. The moss and lichen covered rocks and trees looks like WA State rain forest...or WA State looks like Barred Island. Great place to relax, meditate and decompress. There is a seating area on the beach loop that is a memorial.

Well worth the hike. The roots of trees make walking a bit tricky if you have knee or ankle problems, but if you take it slowly it is worth the walk/hike.

There is very limited parking (8 cars) and they do not allow parking on the dirt road.

Visited October 2012
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london
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43 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Green and beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2012

We're not big hikers. We go every two to three years. This year we hiked Acadia and Deer Isle. The Barred Island Preserve hike was probably my favourite.

It's a flat, easy walk. You don't go up a mountain, so you won't get the huge, magnificent views. What you do get is lots and lots of green. At times, it feels like a tropical forest. The day we went was very humid, but judging by the lush carpet of moss, it's always like that. The greeness envelopes you. They limit the number of hikers each day to the number of cars that fit in the small parking lot. We didn't see a single other person in the two hours we were there. It was a real treat for a city girl.

If you get there at the right time, you can walk across the sand bank to the actual Barred Isle. It's tiny. You could walk around it in under 10 minutes. It's fun to climb over the rocks, but the hike to get there was much more enjoyable.

Visited September 2012
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New York City
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“Best hike on Deer Isle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2012

The best hike on Deer Isle. About 3 miles round trip, not very difficult -- not much elevation change but the tail is rooty in spots. At low tide you can get over to Barred Island also. A beautiful walk through lush moss forest, ending at a rocky beach.

Visited September 2012
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Abingdon, United Kingdom
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“A beautiful walk followed by a wonderful beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2012

The lichen and moss along the 1 mile walk reminded us of a rainforest - so beautiful with the light shining through the trees. At low tide you arrive at an isthmus to Barred Island which has a beach on each side of the connection to the island with nice sand - an idyllic spot. The preserve was donated by the Olmsted family and maintained by the Island Heritage Trust which has a number of other beautiful preserved on Deer Isle.

Visited August 2012
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91 reviews
31 attraction reviews
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“Can't miss hike on Deer Isle”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2012

Absolutely beautiful hike through the woods to Barred Island. The island is closed during nesting season (summer). Beautiful ledges covered with lichens and moss. An incredible place that all should experience.

Visited August 2012
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