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