The home of MCHT's Mount Desert Island office, the 36-acre Babson Creek Preserve is divided by Route 102/198 in Somesville. The property consists of meadows, salt marsh, and a small wooded area. With land on both sides of Babson Creek, an extension of Somes Sound, the preserve offers an excellent opportunity to view wildlife throughout the year. While there are not established trails on the property, the open nature of the land's maintained fields affords easy access to the creek's western side and a hand-carry launching area for small boats.
The Babson Preserve is characterized by a mosaic of natural and managed habitats of significant ecological and scenic value. The salt marsh bordering the creek is relatively undisturbed by past land use and comprises one of the largest and most diverse salt marshes in conservation ownership on Mount Desert Island. The preserve's open fields afford long views across the wetlands to the mountains beyond.
First settled as early as 1810, the property has had a long history of human activity. MCHT acquired the bulk of the property in 2002, thanks to a donation from the Maine Coast Partners. In 2009, MCHT completed construction of an office building and stewardship barn on the preserve.
- No Camping Permitted
- No Fires Permitted
- Stay on Established Trails
- Foot Traffic Only
- Trails Are Not Suitable for Wheeled Vehicles
- Carry Out All Trash
- Including Human and Pet Waste and Toilet Paper
- Keep Pets Under Control
- Please Respect the Privacy of Preserve Neighbors
- Do Not Remove Archaeological Artifacts
How to Get There: From the junction of Routes 3, 198, and 102 in Somesville, follow Route 102 north 0.2 mile to the preserve entrance on the right.