Great Wass Island

Beals, Maine 4611

Great Wass Island

Great Wass Island Professional Review and Guide

"A day hike on the shore of a relatively undeveloped island managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). This 1,540-acre TNC island preserve is not been changed much by man. Some of its natural features are recognized by Maine's Critical Areas Program.

The granite bedrock south shore shows evidence of the Fundian Fault, a crack in the earth's crust extending from New Hampshire to the Bay of Fundy. Of all landmasses in eastern Maine, Great Wass Island extends the farthest out into the ocean. Here, the waters of the Bay of Fundy mix with those of the Gulf of Maine, producing a humid climate preferred by several rare plants. Two of these found in the island's raised bogs are baked-apple berry and dragon's mouth orchid. Wildlife is plentiful on the island. Ospreys and bald eagles hunt and roost on the island, and spruce grouse, upland birds usually found in the north woods, make their homes here. General location: Just south of Jonesport in Washington County."

Great Wass Island Reviews

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At the trail head there are maps on the info board. Conditions were 50 degrees and light rain. As Erin stated if you are going to do the loop trail make sure the tide isnt coming in when you leave. The trail leading to the shore is really very beautiful and we had a lot of great photos despite the poor weather. at the time we went the trail was well marked and easy to follow. Reaching the shore is a beautiful sight I will never forget. if you like sea rocks this is for you. Turning north on the shore trail the footing is tricky with large boulders and stone beds that are slippery and loose. My knees arent the best anymore and I wished I brought knee braces for additional support. The trail is blazed with blue paint and sometimes you have to really search for them. As long as you follow the shore the trail leaving the shore back through the woods to the parking area is well marked with a tree full of lobster pot bouys. Deer and porcupine come out of the woods here to eat the clover on the shore. some if the trail is actually porcupine trail so keep an eye out for them when your walking through the high grass.Its a long walk back to the car from here with quills in your leg. this is my favorite trail, we were the only ones there that day. Perfect
This is an incredible hike, if you can find the trail, that is. Spend the day here. But take the guide seriously and do not attempt to hike the point at high tide, as the trail is under water and you'll find yourself scrambling. Take the tides, nearly 28 feet, seriously. Amazing jack pine that propogates w/o forest fire, boulder tops for part of the trail, cormorants, osprey, seals, moss hanging from a boreal forest trees, and not another soul in sight :-)

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Trail Information

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Year-round, but April through November are the most pleasant.
The Nature Conservancy, (207) 729-5181
Local Contacts
DeLorme's The Maine Atlas and Gazetteer
Local Maps

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Jul 2018