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“Barred Island Preserve” 5 of 5 stars
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Barred Island Preserve
Sunset Road, Deer Isle, ME 04627
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Ranked #2 of 17 things to do in Deer Isle
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Surry, Maine
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“Barred Island Preserve”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2012

Lovely place to go walking, good beach, you can walk over to the island only by low tide. but definitely woth the trip.

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“Coolest Hike on Deer Isle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2012

We have many many walks and scenic vistas on Deer Isle. The walk to Barred Island is arguably the best. Plan your walk for low tide so you can go across the sand bar from island to island. You and your kids will be amazed. Make sure you leave enough time to come back across, though.

Visited July 2011
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“Enchanting forest trail leads to spectacular rocky coast and island.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2011

As a native Mainer who tries to return to his home state every autumn, I always search out previously unvisited locales in order to broaden my appreciation of the Pine Tree State. One of my favorite spots this year was Barred Island Preserve on Deer Isle between the village of Sunset and the town of Stonington. A friend from Bucksport suggested Barred Island and we had a beautiful afternoon walking the enchanting forest trail to the seaside and exploring the shoreline and much of Barred Island itself. Roadside signs led us to the parking area in the woods on the west side of Deer Isle. The trail from there to the shore was an easy walk through deciduous and coniferous woods, much of which was carpeted with a luxurient mat of dense moss. Scattered across this sea of green were clusters of lichens and groupings of various mushrooms of myriad colors and shapes. The occasional squirrel serenaded us with its chatter, either welcoming us or scolding us. Aside from that, the atmosphere was incredibly quiet and peaceful. Once at the shoreline we were treated with a sunny afternoon and wonderful views of Vinalhaven, North Haven, and the Camden Hills to the west. Luckily for us the tide was low, so we could explore and cross the pebbly sand bar to Barred Island itself. It's a beautiful little island, mostly wooded, but with a small grassy clearing, with a rocky perimeter which was easy to traverse on foot. The two of us, and a few others, enjoyed the glorious weather and views while looking for life in the tidal pools, examining shells, and wondering at the beautiful and varied rocks we encountered. The warm sun, cool breeze, lapping waves, and calls of the occasional bird were soothing and almost hypnotising. It was a perfect afternoon.
I highly recommend this idyllic spot for any visitor to Maine who loves Nature along the coast.

Visited October 2011
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