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Folly Island

Surrounded by conserved lands in all directions, Folly Island is the perfect destination for paddlers, picnickers, and wildlife watching enthusiasts.

Folly Island is great for:

  • Kayaking – Take advantage of the short, well-protected route from Pretty Marsh Harbor to Folly Island’s inviting beaches.
  • Picnicking – Though small, the preserve offers many scenic picnic locales along its shoreline.

How to get there

Folly Island is located in Bartlett Narrows in the town of Mount Desert. The closest public boat launch site is nearby, at Pretty Marsh Harbor. There is also a public ramp with good parking in Seal Cove. On the island, both the northern and southern shores have pocket beaches and good landing sites for small boats.

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Notes on topography, flora, and fauna

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.

How this place became open to the public

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.

This place belongs to all of us. Help us take care of it!

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