The Basin

Granite Island Preserve

Size: 42 acres (Granite Island Preserve); 1.7 acres (Kintner Salt Marsh)

Trails: A loop trail about a mile long that starts and ends at the trailhead parking lot, with 3 short spur trails taking hikers to scenic overlooks (two with benches) on the shore. The Story Trail, featuring a book for young readers or work from Students at the Vinalhaven School is 0.2 miles.

Features: The whole spectrum of Vinalhaven granite, from uncut ledges to abandoned paving stones, can be seen as you walk around this preserve. Hikers will enjoy trailside moss gardens, great views across the Basin, and abundant opportunities for wildlife observation, including large groups of harbor seals hauling out on tidal ledges.

Be Aware: The lush growth of mosses and lichens on the granite ledges and forest floor cannot tolerate foot traffic; please stay on the trail. At the shore, please stay on the ledges and rocks to avoid trampling on the salt marsh vegetation. Please respect our neighbors' privacy and be aware of the preserve boundaries. If you walk too far along the shore, you'll be in someone's yard.



Granite Island Preserve (pdf)


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When the flag is up, visitors are welcome in the office to peruse the many maps of island ecology and visit the Al and Hilary Creighton Resource Room. Located at Skoog Park, .2 miles from the ferry terminal.

Vinalhaven Land Trust

12 Skoog Park Rd, Vinalhaven, Maine 04863, United States

Mailing address: Vinalhaven Land Trust P.O. Box 268 VInalhaven, ME 04863 (207) 863-2543


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