Landowners along Vinalhaven’s Seal Bay have worked for decades to sustain the ecological integrity of this cherished water body. Through generous gifts of land and easements, individuals and families have protected all of the bay’s undeveloped islands and a substantial portion of its shoreline. The unspoiled vistas that you enjoy from the Huber Preserve are the product of that collective effort. Visitors are invited to travel 1.9-mile roundtrip along the hiking trail that leads to the shoreline.
The preserve’s dense woods and wetlands include a mix of conifers and hardwoods. A rare sedge also grows on the property. Spruce and fir predominate, with some white birch, red oak, and red maple. Much of the 65-200 year old white spruce is succumbing to disease and storm blowdowns. Mosses and skunk cabbage abound in wet areas of the preserve. Ladyslippers and other spring wildflowers show early, and amphibians breed in the small pond and wetlands. At least 25 species of warblers and migratory songbirds frequent the wetlands and more open areas. Eiders or common terns can often be seen along the shores of Seal Bay. Waterfowl frequent these waters during much of the fall and winter.
This 96-acre preserve was donated to MCHT in 1997 by Sherry Huber, who - with her late husband David - wished to maintain the natural character of Seal Bay.
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: From Vinalhaven’s town center, follow the North Haven Road north 2 miles. Turn right onto Round The Island Road and continue 1.5 miles to a small parking area on the left. The State of Maine operates year round ferry service from Rockland to Vinalhaven.