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Kittredge Brook Forest

In the center of Mount Desert Island, this expansive preserve is within a 2,000-acre block of protected land and filled with wildlife.

Kittredge Brook Forest lies within a nearly 2000-acre undeveloped block on the north-central portion of Mount Desert Island - one of the largest tracts of open space on the island outside of Acadia National Park.

The 523 acre, mostly forested preserve, is named for Kittredge Brook, which runs west through the conserved property. Flowing from a beaver pond, the stream channel bisects open wetlands and forested areas before reaching Babson Creek. The preserve’s wetlands, including numerous functioning vernal pools, provide ideal habitat for a wide diversity of plants and animals.

Among the animals calling Kittredge Brook Forest home are white-tailed deer, coyote, bobcat, otter, and snowshoe hare. There have also been more than 60 species of birds observed. This preserve on Mount Desert Island features two miles of hiking trails, with more being developed. The paths wind through dense forests, over low ridges, and by numerous wetlands. These paths occasionally cross private property and land owned by Acadia National Park.

Please respect our neighbors. Fishing in the brook is permitted, as is bird hunting north of Kittredge Brook. Fishing and hunting must be done in accordance with state and local regulations.

Preserve information/guidelines

  • No Camping Permitted
  • No Fires Permitted
  • Carry Out All Trash
    • Including Human and Pet Waste and Toilet Paper
  • Keep Pets Under Control
  • Please Respect the Privacy of Preserve Neighbors

How to Get There

Access the preserve during daylight hours by parking near the tennis courts behind MDI High School, 1081 Eagle Lake Road, Bar Harbor. Follow signs and walk around the west side of the running track and across the upper playing field to reach the trail network.