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Frank E. Woodworth

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The Frank E. Woodworth Preserve lies at the end of a long peninsula jutting into Pleasant Bay, a scenic and ecologically-rich region in Washington County. The preserve includes 127 acres on Willard Point, at the end of Ripley Neck, 3-acre Hog Island, and two smaller islands (Peter and George Islands). 

A 1.8-mile loop trail leads through moss-carpeted woodlands, with red spruce, white birch, balsam fir and northern white cedar—many of the trees more than a century old. The trail emerges at the shoreline overlooking the upper reaches of Pleasant Bay. Several tidal rivers converge off Ripley Neck, supporting a wide array of shorebirds and waterfowl.

The preserve is named for a local fisherman who was a longtime friend to the George Milmine/Joseph Parsons family that owned land on Willard Point for nearly a century. The Milmines donated “forever wild” conservation easements on much of their land in the 1980s and then, in 2007, MCHT acquired the land (with support from the Land for Maine’s Future Program) so it could become a publicly accessible preserve.

 

Preserve information & guidelines

  • 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: The Preserve is situated 8 miles down Marshville Road from Route One in Harrington. At the Harrington Town Landing the road turns to gravel. There is no boat launch site at the preserve. Parking at the trailhead is limited to four vehicles. If the lot is full, please return another time.

These are just a few of our preserves, be sure to check out the full list of beautiful places to visit along the Maine coast.