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Barred Island Preserve

#2 of 18 things to do in Deer Isle Features Animals
Sunset Road, Deer Isle, ME 04627
+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... read more

Reviewed 27 February 2017
Sleepy Hollow, New York
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Sandbar and island explore.

The Barred Island preserve is one of the best walking trails and unique walks around . If is good... read more

Reviewed 14 February 2017
Kendall M
Deer Isle, Maine
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“low tide” (26 reviews)
“tree roots” (7 reviews)
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Sunset Road, Deer Isle, ME 04627
+1 207-348-2455
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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
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
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
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...More

Thank Elisabeth M
Reviewed 11 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...More

2  Thank Carl C
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
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...More

1  Thank paintergurl
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...More

Thank Jennifer D
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...More

Thank Julie R
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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