Posted on October 25, 2021 and last updated on October 25, 2021

Middle Mountain Town Park, Vinalhaven

QUICK TRAIL FACTS

  • Preserve Size: 75 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 2 miles
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy to challenging
  • Sights: views

Middle Mountain trails in red; Perry Creek Conservation Area trails in blue

I believe this 75-acre park is probably beautiful to visit no matter the weather or time of year. I hiked during a rainy, foggy morning, and the landscape was still atmospheric—probably helped by the bright fall reds. I didn’t see any views, but I think, based on the Vinalhaven Land Trust photos, that you can see quite a far ways from the summit, all the way to North Haven and the mainland.

The summit is 0.5 miles from the parking area if you hike counter-clockwise. (Note: Along the way, I made a wrong turn, following a clear trail to Middle Mountain Road. I left this in my map to show where it is so people can avoid it.)

On the south side of the preserve, there’s a small spur to a view of Long Cove, where you are asked not to linger or make noise. The next section of trail, between Long Cove and Middle Mountain Trail, is steep. If you’d like to avoid that, just hike out to the summit and back on Middle Mountain Trail. It is short but great.

Directions: From the ferry terminal, go left on Sands Road for 0.4 miles, right on Old Harbor Road for 0.3 miles, bear slightly left onto North Haven Road for 5.3 miles, and you’ll see the parking area and trailhead on the left.

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