Located at the southern end of Bartlett Narrows, the 7-acre Folly Island Preserve is a day-use destination used by kayakers who travel to the island from the nearby public access point at Pretty Marsh Harbor. Due to a dense interior thicket of shrubs most visitors remain along the eastern and southern shores, nice locations to picnic or scan the surrounding waters for marine life. Both the northern and southern shores have pocket beaches and good landing sites for small boats.
The island is mostly low-lying except for a small knoll on the northern half of the island. The eastern shore is bordered by ledges that slope gently to the shore, while the western shore more steeply fronts a deep water channel. Folly Island is mostly covered with a dense, young mixed hardwood community, consisting primarily of small trees and shrubs. Aspen, red maple, white birch, alder, bayberry, raspberry, serviceberry, broad-leaved meadowsweet, and lowbush blueberry comprise this early successional community. Salt marsh fringes the northern and eastern shores of the island.
MCHT received Folly Island in 2006 thanks to a generous donation by the previous owners whose family acquired the property in 1943. Folly Island is also protected with a conservation easement held by Acadia National Park.
Preserve information & guidelines
- No Camping Permitted
- Fires By Permit Only - Maine State Law
- Contact Maine Forest Service at 207-827-1800 for Permit
- Keep All Fires Below High Tide Line
- Do Not Cut or Break Tree Limbs, Dead or Alive
- Leave No Fire Unattended
- Completely Extinguish All Fires
- Carry Out All Trash
- Including Human and Pet Waste and Toilet Paper
- Keep Pets Under Control
How to Get There: Folly Island is located in Bartlett Narrows in the town of Mount Desert.