The Maine Island Trail was founded in 1987 and is managed by the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA). The trail is a 375 mile long coastal waterway that extends from the Maine border with New Hampshire to Machias Bay. Along the way it includes over 180 public and private islands and mainland sites. The public sites are municipal, state or federal properties that are open to all. The private sites are open to MITA members and guests of the property owners. Most of the sites are only accessible by water.
Access to properties along the trail is strictly under a “leave no trace” guideline so that access may continue and others will be able to enjoy the trail. Sites along the route are available for overnight camping and day visits. It is important to follow the specific land use guidelines as posted by property owners.
The Maine Island Trail was honored in 2011 as the “Best Sea-Kayaking Trail” in the United States by Outside Magazine.
MITA publishes a trail guide that is available online for free to MITA members. The guide describes the various regions and sites along the full distance of the trail. A small portion of the guide is available to non-members.
MITA Contact Information
Maine Island Trail Association
58 Fore Street
Portland, ME 04101
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The picture of Penobscot Bay was provided by the Maine Island Trail Association and is used here with their permission.