Vaughn Island Trail

Kennebunkport, Maine

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An island preserve between Porpoise Cove and Turbats Creek connected at low tide to the mainland by a narrow tidal channel. Walking across Turbats Creek at low tide to Vaughn Island is an adventure. A few people from Kennebunk told us they used to wade across and explore the island after school. Today, this tidal island is preserved by the Kennebunk Land Trust for everyone to enjoy. Children should be with an adult who understands tidal charts and the importance of “time and tide.” Depending on the height of the tide on the day of your outing, you’ll have about one hour on each side of low when Turbats Creek is shallow enough to wade across. Special Features: oak-forested island, low-tide discoveries, and gulls, cormorants, sea ducks.
Nature Walks along the Seacoast: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, & Maine

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Nature Walks along the Seacoast: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, & Maine

by Julia Older & Steve Sherman (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

An island preserve between Porpoise Cove and Turbats Creek connected at low tide to the mainland by a narrow tidal channel. Walking across Turbats Creek at low tide to Vaughn Island is an adventure. A few people from Kennebunk told us they used to wade across and explore the island after school. Today, this tidal island is preserved by the Kennebunk Land Trust for everyone to enjoy.

Children should be with an adult who understands tidal charts and the importance of “time and tide.” Depending on the height of the tide on the day of your outing, you’ll have about one hour on each side of low when Turbats Creek is shallow enough to wade across. Special Features: oak-forested island, low-tide discoveries, and gulls, cormorants, sea ducks.

©  Julia Older & Steve Sherman/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Kennebunkport
Distance: 0.75
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Vaughn Island Preserve
Driving Directions: Directions to Vaughn Island Trail

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Apr 2018