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Settlement Quarry

Trails over this historic granite quarry offer excellent views of Webb Cove, Merchant Row, Isle Au Haut, and the Camden Hills. Additional trails circle the quarry through the woods.
Trail Activity
Walking Hiking Snowshoeing
Length
1.6 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy
Town
Stonington
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor, Rock/Ledge
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

The trail from the parking lot leads up a gentle slope through the woods on an old quarry road. 0.1 miles up the road the Glacial Erractic Trail (blazed orange) splits off to the right, travelling 0.5 miles through the woods before reaching a viewing platform at the top of quarry.

0.25 miles up the quarry road is the primary junction. The trail to the right leads to a viewing platform. The trail to the left leads to historic structures of note atop the quarry; the Grout Pile Trail (blazed blue) skirting the edge of the quarry; and the Overlook Trail, which winds along the foot of the quarrying operation to the modest Webb Cove overlook.

Other Information

A preserve brochure and trail map, as well as a self-guided nature tour of Settlement Quarry, are available on the Island Heritage Trust website.

HISTORY

The quarry was most active in the 1920s. It reopened briefly in the 1960s, during which its last major shipment was sent to Washington D.C. for the John F. Kennedy Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery. (The "Sherwood Pink" granite used for the JFK memorial in Arlington Cemetery was actually quarried on nearby Crotch Island and then transported to the Settlement dock and shipped from there.). The quarry closed permanently after a final effort around 1980.

GUIDELINES

  • Use caution: the granite surfaces include crevices and sharp drop-offs, and the waste rock piles are unstable and unsafe for climbing
  • Please respect the private property surrounding the quarry and do not venture beyond posted boundaries
  • There is NO public access to the water
  • Dogs are permitted on leash only from May 1 – September 30; dogs are permitted on leash or under voice control of owner October 1- April 30.
  • Please carry out all trash
  • Day use only; no camping or fires
  • Hunting with care is permitted, in season. During hunting season, all visitors should wear blaze orange.

 

Trail Manager

For additional information, visit the Island Heritage Trust website, or contact:

Island Heritage Trust

Island Heritage Trust
420 Sunset Road
P.O. Box 42
Deer Isle, ME 04627
Phone: (207) 348-2455
iht@islandheritagetrust.org
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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

Head south on ME-15 from Deer Isle. 5.4 miles from the Deer Isle village, turn left on Oceanville Road. Proceed 0.9 miles to the trailhead at a small parking area on the right, just past Webb Cove Road.

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