Posted on August 5, 2019 and last updated on August 06, 2019

Salt Pond, Hancock


  • Preserve Size: 17.9 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 1/2 mile one way
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: tidal pool, Mt. Desert Narrows, Carters Beach

A half-mile trail through the woods takes you to a beautiful beach on Frenchman Bay that is backed by a tidal salt pond. Some people approach the beach and trail via the unpaved Carters Beach Road — which I believe is wheelchair accessible.

Directions: From Route 1 in Hancock, turn onto Point Road. Travel down Point Road for 3.8 miles to a small turn-off. Alternatively, to start by the beach, continue an additional .4 miles on the Point Road until you reach Wharf Road on the left. Drive down Wharf Road, turn left on Bay Avenue and park near the Hancock Point boat house and walk north along Carter’s Beach Road.


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