Posted on March 31, 2019 and last updated on April 18, 2019

Merritt Island, West Bath


  • Preserve Size: 28 acres
  • Trail Mileage: ~1 mile loop
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy to moderate
  • Sights: Mill Cove, Back Cove, New Meadows River

This 28-acre island is owned by Bowdoin College and is on the Maine Island Trail, which means people are free to visit and explore as long as they’re respectful. The island is attached to the mainland via a causeway that does get covered at high tide, so mind the tide charts.

The path around the perimeter of the island is not blazed but it is easy to follow. It has some roots and felled trees to scramble over, and climbing up the bank from the causeway at the beginning can be a bit of a challenge.

Directions: Take Foster Point Road to Hill Road in West Bath. Turn left onto Mountain Road. When the road splits, stay left on Mountain Road. In about three-quarters of a mile, you’ll see a dirt road to the right with a small sign for Merritt Island. Stay left on the very narrow drive (past a driveway on your right) and continue to where it dead ends at a small parking area.


Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!