Posted on August 5, 2019 and last updated on August 05, 2019

Matthews Island, Eastport


  • Preserve Size: 14-acre island
  • Trail Mileage: .5-mile one way
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Sights: Cobscook Bay, sandbar

This is a marvelous and short walk, but you have to be mindful of the tides. The Maine Coast Heritage Trust recommends you visit the island in the five-hour window around low tide, so 2.5 hours before and after the lowest point. The trust warns that even at lower tides with shallow water, the current across the sand bar can be strong and swift.

After parking at the trail kiosk, you walk .3-mile down the gravel driveway, curving right when it splits. Walking by a couple of private homes, you’ll see a trail sign across the driveway to a footpath heading off through a meadow. Getting down to the causeway to the island requires a tiny scramble. Once you’re on the island, the .25-mile trail to the western side of the island is well marked. There is a sweet overlook on the island, with a bench and a small rocky ledge. You can also walk across another causeway to tiny Sumac Island, where you can pitch a tent, if you’re so inclined!

Directions: From Route 190 headed into Eastport, turn right onto Deep Cove Road and continue 1.6 miles. Park at the end of the paved road on the right, near the trail kiosk. Walk the gravel drive .2 mile to the footpath.


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