Driving west from Columbia Falls or east from Harrington on US Route 1, turn south toward Addison at the 4 Corners Shopping Center in Columbia. Drive about 2.1 miles and turn left across from the Addison Post Office. Drive 6.5 miles, crossing the Pleasant River and along the East Side Road to the split of Basin Road and Mooseneck Road. Drive 2.5 miles on Mooseneck Road and Narrows Road to the public parking area near the cobble beach. Paddle or row your hand-launched boat about 500 feet to the Tibbett Island cobble beach near the trailhead.
Tibbett Island is a stone’s throw from the mainland in South Addison, yet offers a sweeping views of open ocean and wild offshore islands from the deep water of its south shore. This 23-acre island sits just 500 feet across a sheltered narrows from Addison’s 50-acre municipal park and a launch area for small boats. Tibbett Island is the closest island to a public boat launch in all of Washington County.
Tibbett Island hosts a diverse collection of vegetation and landscape types along its 4,500 feet of shoreline. Gooseberry, crowberry, cranberry, and irises grow in moist meadows on the southern side, interspersed with impressive granitic outcroppings, dense evergreen forest and patches of alder thicket. Small pocket cobble beaches dominate the rugged south shore, while gravel beaches on the north provide a gentle and sheltered landing for small watercraft in almost any weather condition. The island is ideal for activities such as hiking, picnicking, berry picking and nature observation.
Please visit only during daylight at your own risk. Take care when walking along the rocky coast perimeter which is unmarked. Please practice “carry-in/carry-out” and “leave no trace” ethics. Camping, fires, Balsam Fir tipping and Rockweed harvesting are not allowed. Hand picking of berries is permitted.
This trail passes through a property that was acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program. For more information about the LMF program and the places it has helped to protect, please visit the LMF webpage.
Visit the Downeast Coastal Conservancy online for more information or contact:
Downeast Coastal Conservancy
PO Box 760
Machias, ME 04654
Phone: (207) 255-4500
Check for nearby geocaches to Tibbett Island.
Leave No Trace Principle
Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared for emergencies. Pack extra clothing, food, and water and also a flashlight, first aid and repair kit, matches/fire starters, whistle, signaling mirror, and pocket knife.