Kittredge Brook Forest

Maine Coast Heritage Trust's Kittredge Brook Forest lies within a nearly 2000 undeveloped acres on the north-central portion of Mount Desert Island and features three miles of hiking trails which wind through dense forests, over low ridges, and by numerous wetlands.
Trail Activity
2.7 miles, Network
Bar Harbor
Dirt/Forest Floor, Rock/Ledge, Boardwalk/Bog Bridging


This preserve on Mount Desert Island features nearly three miles of hiking trails. The paths wind through dense forests, over low ridges, and by numerous wetlands. These paths occasionally cross private property and land owned by Acadia National Park. Please respect our neighbors.

Kittredge Brook Forest lies within a nearly 2000-acre undeveloped block on the north-central portion of Mount Desert Island - one of the largest tracts of open space on the island outside of Acadia National Park. The 523-acre, mostly forested preserve, is named for Kittredge Brook, which runs west through the conserved property. Flowing from a beaver pond, the stream channel bisects open wetlands and forested areas before reaching Babson Creek.

The preserve’s wetlands, including numerous functioning vernal pools, provide ideal habitat for a wide diversity of plants and animals. Among the animals calling Kittredge Brook Forest home are white-tailed deer, coyote, bobcat, otter, and snowshoe hare. There have also been more than 60 species of birds observed.

Fishing in the brook is permitted, as is bird hunting north of Kittredge Brook. Fishing and hunting must be done in accordance with state and local regulations.

Other Information

Preserve Information and Guidelines:

  • Please respect the privacy of preserve neighbors
  • No camping permitted
  • No fires permitted
  • Carry out all trash, including human and pet waste and toilet paper
  • Keep pets under strict voice or leash control

Trail Manager

For more information and a printable preserve map, please visit Maine Coast Heritage Trust's website.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Maine Coast Heritage Trust
1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201
Topsham, ME 04086
Phone: (207) 729-7366

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Trail Tips

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Make a small campsite, preferably where there is no vegetation.
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Trailhead Information

Access the preserve during daylight hours by parking near the tennis courts behind MDI High School, 1081 Eagle Lake Road, Bar Harbor. Follow signs and walk around the west side of the running track and across the upper playing field to reach the trail network.

Click on a parking icon to get custom directions
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May 07, 2020
5-7-20 Bonanza day on the Kittredge Brook Trail. Cool, clouds and sun, not much wind, but saw two canada geese, two deer (doe and a velvet-antlered buck) in the marsh below the beaver dam at the peninsula below Pine Heath Road. Saw a broad-winged hawk overhead, pair of mallards, male wood duck, several palm warblers, and heard several white-throat sparrows calling back and forth. Nice day on the Heath!
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