Maine Fall, On The Water September 30, 2021
Your Autumn In Maine Will Be Complete With A Visit To The 7 Most Beautiful Islands Off The Coast
Maine has an incredible coastline. We all know that! But what can sometimes be forgotten is just how fantastic it is to venture
off the coast. The waters off the state have more than 3,000 islands, and each one offers a different kind of beauty to be explored. Whether you prefer forests or beaches, these islands in Maine are just as gorgeous in the fall as in the summer. In fact, the lack of visitors and fall foliage might make visiting them even better!
1. Isle au Haut, Knox County
Isle au Haut, off the coast of Acadia National Park, doesn't offer huge resorts or hotels. But, it
does offer plenty of peace and quiet. Visit for access to local trails along the coast and through the forests of foliage. You might even be able to spot some wildlife like deer, seals, osprey, or porpoise.
2. Bar Island, Mount Desert Island
Bar Island isn't entirely in Mount Desert Island, but it's a great access point. The island sits just a causeway from Bar Harbor and it can only be accessed when the tide is low enough to make the path visible. Once you're there, be sure to enjoy the trail. But! Make sure you're headed back before high tide comes in -- or you might be there a while. You can learn more about it
3. Monhegan Island, Lincoln County
Over the course of the last 100 years, Monhegan has become known as a haven for artists. The island is a small one-square-mile, but it packs a punch. Check out the 12 miles of trails along the coast and inland areas. Plus, getting there requires a boat ride from boat from New Harbor, Boothbay Harbor, or Port Clyde so you can add this onto a visit in one of those beautiful towns. You can learn more about visiting
4. Peaks Island, Cumberland County
Peaks Island is so close to Portland that you can see it from the shore, but once you're there you'll feel like you're miles away. The ferry ride is only about three minutes, and the three-mile walk around the island is absolutely beautiful.
5. Mackworth Island, Cumberland County
Mackworth isn't actually an island at all, but when you're visiting it sure feels like one. Rather than a boat, you can simply take your car across a short causeway from Falmouth for a visit. Once there, you can walk the trail that circles the island. Just be sure to leave some extra time to explore the fairy village! There's lots of forest here, so you're in for a fall foliage treat if you visit at the right time. You can learn more by checking out this
6. Campobello Island, New Brunswick or Lubec
We know, we know. This island is officially considered a part of Canada, but because it can be accessed from Lubec, we couldn't resist including it for the more adventurous among you. It offers lovely views of the Bay of Fundy and you can also visit Herring Cove Provincial Park for some walks. And, history buffs will appreciate that it was the summer home of FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt!
Vinalhaven, Knox County
Vinalhaven is actually the name of the largest town located on the bigger of the two Fox Islands. But somehow everyone has just become accustomed to calling it by this name. Located about 15 miles off the coast of Rockland, we like that the hour and 15 minute ferry to get here feels like it's a part of the adventure. In the summer this place is hopping, but in the fall you'll have the benefit of some warmer days with far fewer people.
What are some of your favorite islands to visit off the coast of Maine? Let us know in the comments and share a few tips for visiting!
One of our favorite islands is Peaks Island and we especially love exploring the outdoors there.
This island trail in Maine will take you to the original Battery Steele military fort ruins and it’s a fun little adventure. Address: Isle au Haut, Isle Au Haut, ME, USA Address: Bar Island, Gouldsboro, ME, USA Address: Monhegan Island, Monhegan, ME 04852, USA Address: Peaks Island, Portland, ME, USA Address: Mackworth Island, Falmouth, ME 04105, USA Address: Campobello Island, New Brunswick E5E, Canada Address: Vinalhaven, ME, USA
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