Directions: The preserve can be reached by car. From Route l take Route 187 to Jonesport, crossing the bridge over Moosabec Reach to Beals. Go through Beals to Great Wass Island follow the road (it turns to dirt) to Black Duck Cove (about three miles from Beals) where there is a marked parking area on the left.
Great Wass Island Preserve is a 1540-acre tract that encompasses almost all of the southern portion of Beals Island and is maintained by the Nature Conservatory. The island jacks father out to sea than any other land mass than Eastern Maine and results in extensive marine exposure. The combination of the waters of the Gulf of Maine and the Bay of Fundy produce a cool humid oceanic climate.
There are number of hiking trails on the preserve and if you want to travel on them, I recommend sturdy shoes, a hiking stick, insect repellent and sunscreen along with water to drink. You hike through woods and then up onto granite cliffs which overlooked the water, across-the-board walk in a marsh.
|Moss on tree|
|Canadian Tiger Swallowtail|
|Yellow-rumped Warbler - blur|
We did not make it all the way to the coast because we came across an extremely wet area that was probably up to 2 feet deep.
If you are up in Down East Maine, Jonesport-Beals-and the Great Wass Preserve are worth a visit.