Tidal Falls

Hancock, Maine
GPS coordinates: 44.519464084744, -68.222672337573

Frenchman Bay Conservancy owns the 8 acres of Tidal Falls Preserve overlooking the reversing falls in the Taunton River. The State of Maine holds a conservation easement on the preserve.

An observation deck and wooden picnic tables make Tidal Falls an excellent place to enjoy the falls and wildlife. We ask that you respect our starfish/sea stars by observing them in the water, rather than picking them up or collecting them in buckets. Human disturbance is harmful to their health, and can lead to population decline.

Additionally please note: Dogs are not permitted at Tidal Falls Preserve due to the picnic area. All other FBC preserves are dog friendly!



Before the land was conserved by FBC, twenty Native American grave sites of the Red Paint People were excavated at Tidal Falls, dating to 5,000 years ago. Beginning in the 1870s, granite was quarried locally, loaded on Schooners and shipped over the falls. In the 19th century, Tidal Falls was the first site for a railroad and ferry terminal that transported passengers to Bar Harbor. In the 1950s the Hodgkins family operated a lobster pound and later a seafood take-out restaurant at Tidal Falls.

Wildlife Conservation

Here, large differences between high and low tide and mixing between fresh and saltwater creates a nutrient-rich environment that is incredibly productive for wildlife. The surrounding waters between Sorrento and Hancock north through Taunton Bay are part of a Maine focus area of statewide ecological significance. This area provides high value habitat for numerous state and federal species of concern, including many shorebirds and waterfowl.

Visitors will commonly see seals, osprey, king fishers, and eagles. Otter, mink, blue heron and other wildlife have also been spotted here.

A generous grant from Land for Maine’s Future helped preserve Tidal Falls.


See below for more information about visiting Tidal Falls Preserve.

Tidal Falls Aerial

Event Policy

Tidal Falls Preserve is a beloved spot for recreation and small gatherings. Please note that the lower preserve is closed to cars in winter, and only accessible by walking. Dogs are not permitted at Tidal Falls Preserve to keep the lawn green and the wildlife happy; all other FBC preserves are dog friendly.

FBC permits small events & gatherings on the preserve. If you’re planning a gathering at Tidal Falls Preserve, please read the event policy and email info@frenchmanbay.org or call (207) 422-2328.

Tidal Falls Event Policy