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Barred Island Preserve

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Address: Sunset Road, Deer Isle, ME 04627
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+1 207-348-2455

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One of the Best Hikes on Deer Isle

An easy ramble along the water with great views. Good for children. But be sure to time your visit to avoid high tide or you will have to wade to reach the island. Not to be... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2017
Sleepy Hollow, New York
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Sleepy Hollow, New York
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 27 February 2017 via mobile

An easy ramble along the water with great views. Good for children. But be sure to time your visit to avoid high tide or you will have to wade to reach the island. Not to be missed on Deer Isle if you enjoy outdoor activities.

Thank JoeLillis
Deer Isle, Maine
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10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 14 February 2017

The Barred Island preserve is one of the best walking trails and unique walks around . If is good for all except for really young and quite old. Excellent views native plants,trees,mosses and more. Don't try to bike or take a stroller. Enjoy !!!

Thank Kendall M
Richmond, Virginia
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Time your visit to coincide with low tide and there's a great sand beach between the shore and the island. Classic Maine views. Took way too many pictures.

1 Thank Dan L
Scotch Plains, New Jersey
2 reviews
Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

What a beautiful place. I truly enjoyed the hike through the magical forest out to the sand bar. If you time the tide correctly, there are many lovely shells and seaside to be observed on the sand bar. Listening to the many bird calls here made me want to take up residence here. Visit - you will really enjoy it,... More 

Thank Elisabeth M
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
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50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

We drove from our Inn and found the place with no effort. The hike to the sand bar is through a moss covered forest floor. The bed or moss undulates and folds and the light slips through the trees making it a magic place. I kept looking for the fairies. We really wish we had our grandchildren with us to... More 

2 Thank Carl C
Heerenveen, The Netherlands
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27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

But wear good shoes as there are a lot of roots on the path. I even used my walking stick. The scenery is beautiful.

1 Thank HendrikelsWester
High Point, North Carolina
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161 reviews
78 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2016

Went on Sept 14th at low tide. Wore swimsuits so could take a swim in the ocean off the sandbar. A lot warmer than usual but for my friend it was too cold. Just perfect way to end the day on perhaps the last day of summer weather. The hike has lots of mossy woods to look at, a few... More 

1 Thank paintergurl
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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82 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Barred Island is accessible from the Nature Trail that is about a 1 mile loop. Right outside the trail is a sign that lists the time of low tide. The island is accessible for about 3 1/2 hours after low tide. After that the little beach that leads you to the island is covered in water. The island itself is... More 

Thank Jennifer D
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Today's walk was a highlight of our trip. Beautiful 1.5 mile hike through the trees. Mostly flat with tree roots. Amazing view from the lookout. But the view of the water from the sand bar and rocks at the end is spectacular. Go when tide is low so can walk to the island.

Thank Julie R
Des Moines, Iowa
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30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

It is definitely a moderate level hike but you'll see things that you can't see any other day. Stop by the office en route for map and for unique souvenirs (we got 2 original watercolors).

Thank firefly70

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