The Essence of Little Long Pond Preserve
It is more than just a pond – it is a biodiversity hotspot. Little Long Pond includes 17 acres of meadows, 12 acres of marsh, a bog, crystal clear streams, and nearly 1,000 acres of forest. On a one-hour walk a visitor can potentially hear the croak of a frog, watch an osprey fish, spot a pileated woodpecker, and take in breathtaking views of surrounding mountains. The Preserve’s management of Little Long Pond is focused on maintaining this high-quality ecology while providing opportunities for people to connect to nature.
Little Long Pond and the Surrounding Lands
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. purchased the land around Little Long Pond for its scenic value. The land was privately owned until 2015 when, in celebration of his 100th birthday, David Rockefeller, Sr. donated it to the Land & Garden Preserve. It is now managed as a nature preserve.
The lands and trails of the Preserve total 1,400 acres including Little Long Pond. They can be enjoyed year-round for walking, hiking, and horseback riding. Cross-country skiing and ice skating are permitted at your own risk.
Dogs are allowed off-leash if they are always in visual and voice contact with their owners and under voice control.
1) Eliot Mountain Trail slowly climbs 350 feet to the top of Eliot Mountain. Length: 1.0 mile
2) Asticou Ridge Trail extends northward from the summit of Eliot Mountain. It eventually exits the Preserve, enters Acadia National Park, and connects with the Asticou and Jordan Stream Path. Length: 0.8 miles
3) Charles Savage Trail climbs up and over Eliot Mountain while passing through fields of granite bedrock.
Length: 0.9 miles
4) Map House Trail extends north from Thuya Garden to the Map House. Part of the trail, and the Map House itself, are on private property over which the Preserve has trail access rights. The Map House Trail intersects with Asticou Hill Trail (a private road that can be used by hikers to reach the Asticou Azalea Garden) and the Asticou and Jordan Pond Path in Acadia National Park. Length: 0.9 miles
5) Asticou Stream Trail meanders down to the ocean. Walk in spring to see flowering herbs and shrubs.
Length: 0.3 miles
6) Harbor Brook Trail is a favorite of many because it parallels Little Harbor Brook and traverses a quiet, wooded section of the Preserve that is less traveled. Length: 1.6 miles
7) The Richard Trail connects Thuya Garden with Little Long Pond. This trail includes some steep ascents and two scenic sections of stone staircases. Mossy cliffs are dazzling when wet. Length: 1.3 miles
8) Jordan Stream Path connects the David & Neva Trail and the Cobblestone Bridge. Beyond the bridge the path extends into Acadia National Park to Jordan Pond.
Length: 0.5 miles
9) David & Neva Trail traverses woodlands and the west meadow and passes alongside the pond and wetlands. This trail was first blazed by David Rockefeller 75 years ago and revived by his daughter, Neva, 50 years ago.
Length: 1.0 mile
10) Friend’s Trail connects the upper parking lot to Bracy Cove. Please stay between the markers on the ledge to protect the beautiful plants, mosses, and lichens of this rocky habitat.
Length: 0.4 miles
Parking for Little Long Pond
There are three parking areas with easy access to Little Long Pond, its carriage roads and hiking trails. All have informational kiosks and maps. Dog bag/waste stations are available at the Main Gate and the Upper Lot.
Main Gate (10 parking spots) – On Peabody Drive at Bracy Cove. Parallel parking spots along the road, with a couple of head-in spots by the gate. Please do not block the gate. Preserve crews need access. Please use extreme caution when parking here, especially during high traffic volume times. Watch for speeding cars.
Upper Lot (12 parking spots) – Off Peabody Drive less than ½ mile west of the Main Gate entrance.
Harbor Brook Lot (10 parking spots) – Off Peabody Drive approximately ½ mile west of the Upper Lot.
Tips for visiting:
The lands and trails of the Preserve total approx. 1,165 acres including Little Long Pond. They can be enjoyed year-round during daylight hours and are perfect for the whole family to walk, hike, and explore.
Dogs are allowed in all areas of the Preserve except Preserve Gardens.
Dogs are allowed off-leash only if under voice control.
Biking and motor vehicles are not permitted.
Camping, hunting, trapping, and fires are not permitted.
Swimming at Little Long Pond is allowed in designated areas.
Please remember to take out what you bring in, including pet waste.
No public restrooms available.
These lands are free and open to the public for your use and enjoyment. Please help ensure that they are preserved for future generations by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Land & Garden Preserve.
Donation boxes can be found at both entrances to Little Long Pond, at Harbor Brook, and at the Azalea Garden and Thuya Garden.