Taft Point

Gouldsboro, Maine
GPS coordinates: 44.465314354805, -68.110479084656

The conserved land consists of 65 acres of woodlands and a half mile of coastal frontage with spectacular views of the Acadia Mountains, Stave Island, Calf Island, Schieffelen Point and Schoodic Mountain.

This preserve features two trail loops with beach access. Along the Flander’s Bay Trail, peer into an old well. At low tide, large areas of the rocky beach are open to explore. Eider ducks raft up on the rocks just off shore and shorebirds work the rack line of the extensive rockweed colony along the shore. FBC’s Taft Point Preserve was acquired as a gift from Jeremy Strater in 2014.

Trail Description

A well-maintained access road runs about 1,500 feet to a six car gravel parking area with a trail running down to Jones Cove from the left  and a trail running to Flanders Bay on the right. Out of respect for the privacy of the cottage owners and their guests, public access on the road will stop at the trail head parking lot.


From the North or the South on US coastal Rte 1, turn on to Maine Route 186 to Gouldsboro at the (brown) Acadia National Park / Schoodic Section entrance sign.  Turn right onto Taft Point Road at 1.1 miles.  Go .4 mile and turn right when the road splits.



Join Hazel Stark from Maine Outdoor School as she explores the intertidal zone at Taft Point Preserve in Gouldsboro, ME!

Learn how to stay safe while exploring, what tools to bring, and get an up-close look at some critters!

For more information about what lives in the intertidal zone, you might consult one of the following field guides:

-Life Between the Tides: Marine Plants and Animals of the Northeast, by John Moring
-Life on Intertidal Rocks: A Guide to the Marine Life of the Rocky North Atlantic Coast, by Cherie Hunter Day

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Taft Point