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Big Babson Island

Big Babson

Located on the southeastern end of Eggemoggin Reach, Big Babson Island straddles the boundary between eastern Penobscot Bay and Blue Hill Bay. The region is known world-wide for its scenic beauty and outstanding sailing. In addition to Big Babson, many surrounding islands and some nearby coastal lands have been conserved by MCHT, Acadia National Park, and Blue Hill Heritage Trust. 

Big Babson Island has a long history of human use. The most recent activity that has left its mark was sheep grazing. The resulting vegetation features a mix of sparse spruce-fir-hardwood forest and hay-scented fern meadows. 

The island is a beautiful destination for picnickers and others taking a break from sailing or paddling through the Reach. Most visitors to the island land on or anchor off of the beach on the eastern shore. From there, a steep footpath leads to a network of unmaintained paths into the island’s forest and fern meadows.

Preserve information/guidelines

  • No Camping Permitted
  • Fires By Permit Only - Maine State Law
    • Contact Maine Forest Service at 207-827-1800 for Permit
    • Keep All Fires Below High Tide Line
    • Do Not Cut or Break Tree Limbs, Dead or Alive
    • Leave No Fire Unattended
    • Completely Extinguish All Fires
  • Carry Out All Trash
    • Including Human and Pet Waste and Toilet Paper
  • Keep Pets Under Control

How to Get There

The closest public access point for Big Babson Island is from the Naskeag Point town landing, which is approximately 1.2 miles east-southeast.