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Cranberry Shores

Cranberry shores

Acquired in 2007, the Cranberry Shores Preserve is located on Great Cranberry Island, a year round community in the town of Cranberry Isle. The preserve can be found near the southeastern corner of the island 1.6 miles from the town dock. 

A half-mile trail winds through spruce-fir, birch and red maple forests to a bold, rocky shore. From the shoreline, visitors are rewarded with a seascape panorama that includes Acadia National Park’s Baker Island. The preserve is also an excellent place to observe wildlife, particularly migratory songbirds, sea ducks, and marine mammals. 

Great Cranberry Island has 45 year round residents, but during the summer months the population increases to nearly 300. The island has a number of services available to visitors including public restrooms near the town dock, two cafés, a historic museum, and a public library. With the help of MCHT, the town also offers a public hiking trail that leads from the historic Cranberry House to the shore.

Preserve information/guidelines

  • No Camping Permitted
  • No Fires Permitted
  • Stay on Established Trail
    • 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

How to Get There: Located on the southern shore of Great Cranberry Island. Great Cranberry Island may be accessed by a public passenger ferry from Northeast Harbor and Southwest Harbor or by private boat. The preserve is located about 1.6 miles east of the town dock along the town road.