QUICK TRAIL FACTS
- Preserve Size: 128 acres
- Trail Mileage: ~2 miles in network
- Pets: yes
- Difficulty: easy
- Sights: Northeast Creek marshy area, fields, old farm buildings
From the large parking area, the trail shortly brings you to 20 acres of rolling fields on this former farm. They slope down to a small pond with one solitary tree and the eponymous stone barn. In the other direction, you can walk the meadow trails into a beautiful forest and down to the shores of Northeast Creek, an open marshy area. The 128 acres are protected by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
From the parking area, it’s about 0.7 miles to the creek. After leaving the meadow, you’ll enter an old white pine plantation before moving into other habitat. The trails are mostly easy, with just one steep hill near the creek that can be avoided by using an alternate path.
The farmhouse was built in the 1840s, the carriage house in the late 1800s, and the barn in the early 1900s. Read more about the land’s history.
Directions: If you’re coming south from Ellsworth and Trenton on Route 3, you’ll stay straight after crossing the bridge onto Mount Desert Island. Continue on Route 102 for 2.2 miles before turning left onto Crooked Road, soon after passing the intersection with Knox Road. Continue 2.4 miles to the preserve parking lot on the left.