School House Pond Preserve

This 42-acre preserve has a 1.0 mile loop trail through woods which include a variety of wild flowers, mixed forest, interesting rock formations and a beautiful old stone wall.
Trail Activity
1.7 miles, Network
Dirt/Forest Floor


Thanks to the support of more than 80 Barters Island property owners and friends, the land trust was able to purchase the 42-acre Schoolhouse Pond Preserve in 2001. The property was the site of a schoolhouse from about 1840 – 1895, and the cranberry bog is known locally as Schoolhouse Pond.

The scenic, mile-long loop trail includes a variety of wildflowers, a mixed forest, interesting rock formations and a beautiful old stonewall. This trail, marked with white, is for foot traffic only. Schoolhouse Pond can be found by following the wider, multi-use trail through the center of the property. This trail is believed to be part of or near the old Barters Island town road that ran down the center of the island. This trail, marked with yellow, allows hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross country skiing, snowmobiles, and ATVs (no cars or trucks).

Other Information

The Boothbay Region Land Trust (BRLT) manages the preserve and has worked to preserve the scenic beauty of the Boothbay region since 1980 through conserving land for the benefit and enjoyment of the residents and visitors.

BRLT properties are open for quiet, low impact activities. When visiting this BRLT property, please observe the following rules:

  • Overnight camping and fires are not allowed.
  • Keep dogs within your sight and under control and carry out all litter.
  • Parties greater than 10 must obtain permission from BRLT first.
  • Commercial use is not permitted.

Trail Manager

Visit Boothbay Regional Land Trust online for more information and a printable map or contact:

Boothbay Region Land Trust

Boothbay Region Land Trust
PO Box 183
Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538
Phone: (207) 633-4818
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Trail Tips

Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
Walk single file in the middle of the trail. Wear the right shoes and enjoy the mud – you're in the great outdoors!
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Trailhead Information

From Boothbay Harbor, travel north on ME Route 27. Turn left at the monument in Boothbay Center onto Corey Lane and proceed 0.3 miles. Bear right onto Barters Island Road and travel 2.1 miles, crossing two bridges. Bear right onto East Side Road. Travel 1.9 miles. Schoolhouse Pond Preserve is on the left.

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July 26, 2014
This is a relatively short hike through the woods. There are some moderately steep grades but overall the trails are very navigable. As of 7-25-14, there are a few large downed trees laying across the trails in spots. Grab the map at the trail head and follow the blazes. The white, yellow, and multi-use trails intersect and can be confusing to differentiate. The pond is mostly obscured in the summer by prodigious plant growth. There are some interesting low rock formations along the trails.
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