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Kelley Farm


The 10-acre Kelley Farm Preserve is a saltwater farm in the village of Bernard on Mount Desert Island. The property is almost entirely open fields which slope gently down to Cousins Creek, a tidal inlet in upper Bass Harbor. The fields offer dramatic views of the area, including the mountains of Acadia National Park. MCHT purchased the property from the Kelley family in 2014.

The preserve enjoys agricultural soils of statewide significance. In 2015, MCHT worked with local students to establish vegetable gardens on the farm. Together with similar efforts at the nearby Babson Creek Preserve, the two properties offer the communities the opportunity to grow healthy foods and provide much needed produce to foodbanks and local families.

Kelley Farm is also a year round recreational destination. During the warmer months, it is a beautiful place to take a walk or picnic near the shore. When snow is present, the preserve’s fields are ideal for sledding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. In the preserve’s northwest corner, there is also tidal access to the water for hand carry boats.

How to Get There

From the junction of Routes 102 and 102A in Tremont, drive 1.0-mile west on Route 102. The preserve is on the left, beyond the Tremont Consolidated School and immediately after crossing the bridge over Cousins Creek. There is a parking lot in the southwest corner of the preserve.

Preserve information/guidelines

  • No Camping Permitted
  • No Fires Permitted
  • 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