QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 45 acres
- Trail Mileage: 1.5 miles in network
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy to moderate
- Sights: Indian Creek, protected cove, old cemetery, cobbled beaches, lovely views
I haven’t yet explored the whole of Vinalhaven, but this 45-acre preserve on a small island bluff is exceptionally beautiful! After leaving the parking area, the trail quickly come out on a bright open area, with picnic tables and views of a protected cove. From here, you can venture off on a walk around the island tip. On my visit, the trails were not blazed and there were no posted maps on the preserve. But the trails are obvious and easy to follow.
We started off by heading out along the rounded bend of the beach to access the perimeter loop trail, which is roughly one mile long. This trail rounds the bluff, with spectacular views the whole way. Or, you can make your way more directly and quickly to the far seaside by crossing the interior paths through the shrubland. These are less rocky and easier to navigate, although they do have a few minor ups and downs. There is a small cemetery in the heart of the preserve, as well, with a monument to the man, Captain Lane, for whom the island is named.
You can read a bit more about The Nature Conservancy preserve on its Maine website.
Directions: Lane’s Island is connected to the mainland by a causeway. Drive down Lane’s Island Road and take your second left down a narrow lane that dead ends at the trailhead.