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“Stunning setting if you hit the tide right for the bar to be open.”

Barred Island Preserve
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Deer Isle
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 27, 2014

"Fog forest" ecology moderate walk for a mile from the parking lot (ONLY 8 cars). Boulders draped with lichen, sphagnum moss, etc. No sun until the bar. Good signage for plant, animal, bird info if you load a .pdf from Deer Isle Chamber of Commerce website ahead of time onto your e-reader, phone, etc (no Wifi or cell coverage available).
Then you break out of the deep woods to views west across Penobscot Bay with a wide clean sandy bar to the tiny island, passable for 3 hours either side of low tide. Wade if the 60F waves don't freeze you. Bring binoculars--we saw ospreys, water birds, and a mink going in and out of the water from the island. Only walk on the granite shelves to go around the island and get more views; don't walk on soil or go in the interior. No access when birds are breeding.

2  Thank GranPaladino
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Reviewed July 15, 2014

Like all hikes in the area, there are roots and rocks, but the hikes are so worth it! Hike at low tide so you can walk across the sand bar to Barred Island and climb around the rocks.

Thank mggs48
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Reviewed July 10, 2014

My family loved this hike. We found out about it from Tripadvisor and would have had a difficult time finding it if we hadn't checked here. The sounds of the Wood Thrush made this magical place even more magical. I was sure we'd run into a gnome or fairy on our way to the island but we ran into a wonderful family adventure instead. Come at low tide and make your way around the island stopping at tide pools to find crabs. Don't forget to wear your bathing suit so you can take a quick dip in the ocean!

Thank JennyWrenReck
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Reviewed July 2, 2014

If you visit Deer Isle, make sure you hike this nice, easy trail. The trail is tide dependent so plan accordingly. We enjoyed it a lot. Take a camera you will want to take pictures.

Thank Linda M
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Reviewed December 1, 2013

I started coming here when i was 6 years old. I am always happy to recommend it to people coming down east.
My suggestion come at low tide and stay till the tide comes back. Super fun running through the washing waves to shore.

Thank Christian F
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