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Eastern Knubble, Cutler

Located in Cutler, this 30-acre preserve offers easy access to a cobble beach and expansive views of Maine’s Bold Coast.


Eastern Knubble is great for:

Hiking –  Explore the half-mile trail to the scenic shoreline and enjoy a short interpretative spur created with help from local schoolchildren that leads to historic mines.
Picnicking – At the end of the trail, take a break at the cobble beach and enjoy expansive views of Grand Manan.

How to get there

The preserve is accessed via a gravel drive, located several hundred feet north of a village “triangle” and sharp curve on Route 191 in Cutler. Find the preserve entrance on the eastern (seaward) side of the road, just south of the firehouse and post office. Parking is not permitted in the main firehouse lot, but there is room for a few vehicles in the firehouse’s extra lot across the road from the firehouse and trailhead. Walk on the gravel access road into the preserve to the start of the trail.

Get directions from Google Maps Printable Preserve Map

For a complete map with legend and guidelines, click on the Printable Preserve Map above.

Notes on topography, flora & fauna

This 30-acre property, located in the coastal village of Cutler, rises from the Little River, which leads to the town’s scenic harbor. Although small, the Eastern Knubble Preserve features a wonderful cobble beach, stunning views of Maine’s Bold Coast and ample opportunities to observe wildlife in a forested preserve located minutes from the center of town. At low water, a gravel bar connects the mainland section of the preserve to Eastern Ear (also known as Laura Day Island), a small island that is part of the preserve. Take a rest near the end of the trail on a bench looking over Little River Island and MCHT Western Head Preserve.

If the land could talk

Historical evidence of human activities on the preserve is plentiful, including a small unmarked cemetery, foundation hole, and spring used by the former inhabitants of the property. There are also remains of a small silver and copper mine accessible by a short trail spur.

How this place became open to the public

In 2003, MCHT acquired what is now Eastern Knubble Preserve though a bargain sale from generous landowners.

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

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