The 26 acre preserve borders Acadia National Park on the north flank of Acadia Mountain. It was once the site of a planned condominium subdivision; however, the slated development presented major erosion problems. In 2008, MCHT and Friends of Acadia (FOA) joined together to acquire the preserve and then MCHT worked to restore the property with the construction of swales, water bars, rip rapped ditches, and plunge pools designed to slow the flow of water down the hillside and trap sediment. Two of the would-be driveways were reincarnated as walking paths.
Today, MCHT’s Acadia Mountain Preserve is open to the general public for low-impact, non-motorized activities. The property is steep and largely wooded, though clearings on the hillside offer beautiful views of Somes Sound. While hiking is limited, visitors can enjoy a short, steep walk up one of two trails to a lovely spot for a picnic or quiet contemplation.
- No Camping Permitted
- No Fires Permitted
- Please Stay on Designated Trails
- Carry Out All Trash
- Including Human and Pet Waste and Toilet Paper
- Keep Pets Under Control
How to Get There
Access the property from a right-of-way along Hannibals Way, a private road running southeast along the northern property boundary. From Route 102 southbound, turn left on the southerly end of Hall Quarry Road just before Acadia National Park’s Ike’s Point access road to Echo Lake. Drive east on Hall Quarry Road and then turn right onto Robinson Lane. Bear right onto Hannibals Way. Shoulder parking for several cars is available along the roadside, as well as at the base of the walking paths.