Crossing the Deer Isle bridge over Eggemoggin Reach you begin to feel that you’ve reached the essence of the Maine Coast and you’ll not be disappointed. The melding of seafolk, crafts people and artists over the centuries has created a community with a true spirit of cooperation and bonhomie in and around these waters. There are so many opportunities to get outdoors here you might want to do a little research and plan some extra stops hiking, swimming or even taking a boat ride out to Isle Au Haut (the most remote section of Acadia National Park). Here are 4 outdoor locations to stimulate your imagination.
A beautiful light kept in great condition, Pumpkin Island light can be viewed from the western tip of Little Deer Isle. Turn right onto Eggemoggin Road at the Chamber of Commerce building (just over the bridge) and follow it to the end. A small parking area and boat launch will be found here. The scene is noteworthy and the photography is grand. Walks and bike rides along the roads of Little Deer Isle are excellent and the traffic is minimal. Kayaking from this lighthouse is the finest kind.
This lovely beach is small, sandy and excellent for children. It’s also a fabulous spot for kayaking out to several nearby islands and coves. There’s a lot to explore when the tide is out; many tide pools and boulders appeal to all ages. Weir Island, just a stone’s throw from shore, is maintained by the Maine Island Trail Association which maintains island camp sites all along the Maine coast.
The path to the beach is sandy but it’s a very short stroll from the parking area on Sand Beach Road (on the west side of the island between Burnt Cove and Stonington village). Walking support, cane and hiking pole users will have no difficulty with access. Wheelchair users should have a strong helper to overcome the sand friction but the view from the vehicle is terrific if you just want to chill out for awhile. The beach is rendered fairly narrow when the tide is high but opens up beautifully when it goes out.
A trip to Deer Isle wouldn't be complete without a stop in Stonington village. Its unique blend of fine arts, fishing, fab seafood and fantastic coffee appeals to everyone! Several galleries and small shops on the main street are nestled in a harbor that becons your camera, sketchpad or paintbrush. Photography of the working water front and historic architectural elements is a favorite pastime. Live performance at Opera House Arts ranges from music to open mic, creative community events, and workshops along with frequent movies for your enjoyment. It's a small hamlet with easy strolling for all ages.
Close to Stonington village (turn onto Oceanville Rd from Rt 15), this excursion brings history, geology and nature together in a preserve that’s fairly easy for most people to manage.
The primary walkway follows an old road for about a quarter mile; it’s very smooth & well cared for with a slight uphill slope. Please take time to read the excellent information provided by the Island Heritage Trust for important safety concerns, trail maps, markings, etc.
Stonington and nearby islands have always been associated with providing granite for important buildings in Boston, New York, Washington DC and other locations along the East coast.
When the entrance path opens up to the quarry itself and you want to capture a photo from the highest point follow the ridge to the right for about 150 yards to find a best-view station on the hilltop. The quarried sections also invite your closer inspection - the access is an easy walk down a driveway or a fun scramble down the open slope. Longer trails meander around the quarry's perimeter.
At the start of your walk a trail to the right branches off the main path and forms a loop, taking you through dense Maine woods to the same best-view point mentioned above with a wonderful panorama of the sea and surroundings. The view encompasses several islands, the most distant being Isle Au Haut, (French for High Island) which comprises the easternmost section of Acadia National Park.
Nature lovers, artists and photographers will not be disappointed with the abundance of mammals, birds and wildflowers to be found in this delightful preserve.
Those who can handle a slope and do a little stretching can climb down the hillside to find details of stone work left in the remaining rock and get a closer view of stone that’s still being produced on the island (it's shipped from the pier at the base of the hill).
Remember - stone becomes very slippery when wet, even in the fog. A note of caution for those with smaller children; keep them close-by as they tend to become adventurous and the stone is sharp with some deep crevasses.
Maine Coast Outings on Penobscot Bay: for All Ages & Abilities
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