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Eastern Knubble


MCHT purchased the Eastern Knubble Preserve in 2003. 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.

Historical evidence of human activities on the preserve are numerous, 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.

A half-mile trail runs through the preserve from the village to a cobble beach at its easternmost tip. 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. MCHT worked with local school children to create a short, interpretative spur trail that leads to the historic mines.

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.

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

These are just a few of our preserves, be sure to check out the full list of beautiful places to visit along the Maine coast.