The mission of the Friends of Sears Island (FOSI) is to support permanent protection of Sears Island’s environmental and cultural resources; preserve its marine, shoreland, and forest ecosystems; and encourage educational and low-impact recreational uses of the island.     Sears Island offers visitors . . .

Easy access by causeway with parking
• Miles of quiet, wild shoreline
and several easy-to-moderate trails to explore
Wildlife watching and historic sites
• Dogs permitted; horseback riding on roads
• Abundant botanical and geological features
• Outdoor activities all year long, such as
picknicking, kayaking, and snowshoeing
Birding Plants Wildlife
  deer
Learning Recreation
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Directions

Driving distances

Blue Hill     30 miles
Bangor     28 Miles
Rockland    35 miles
Augusta    55 miles
Portland    110 miles
Boston    220 miles

 

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Walking on Sears Island

Sears Island Map
Click to download a printable trail map and guide.

There are many places to walk on Sears Island; the island is 2 miles north to south; maintained trails are marked *; mileages on trails are approximate.

Shoreline Trail – about 5 mi. around; some places are impassable when the tide is in because of steep banks, so please consider the tide before you start;

Jetty Road – about 1.5 mi., most of which is paved; for a lovely view down the bay walk up the rise on the left at the end of the road, to a space next to some birches;

Cell Tower Road – the gravel road that branches left off the paved road – about 2 mi. from the gate to the tower now used by cell phone companies; from the tower it’s about 300 yds. to a high bank at the shore, this path is overgrown;

*Homestead Trail – about 0.67 mi., begins at the apple tree on the northeast end of the island and comes out to the Tower Road; just before a field look to the left for remains of the cellar of the old farmhouse;

*Loop Trail – about 0.4 mi., begins and ends at the Tower Rd., branches arching overhead are charming in winter snow and peaceful any time of year;

*Blue Trail – about 0.35 mi., begins beyond Loop Trail off Tower Rd. and leads to a beach with views to east and a nice spot for lunch;

*Green Trail – accessed from the Jetty Rd. and leads about 0.6 mi. west, across a stream to the west shore; you can walk back to the gate along the shore at half tide or lower.

* – maintained by FOSI

Enjoy the trails at your own risk. Please follow these guidelines so others may enjoy them too:
– No fires are allowed on the island.
– “Carry in/Carry out” and leave no waste on the island.
– Dogs must be under control at all times; dogs that exhibit any form of aggressive behavior must be on a leash.
– If you are walking with your dog(s) please use baggies for their waste and place the baggies in the waste barrel.
Note: Hunting is permitted on Sears Island during from October 1 through December 31 – please be mindful of this.


We greatly appreciate the support of
our business and organization members!

 

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