Our Natural Lands - Coronovirus Update

  • Little Long Pond and our natural lands continue to remain open from dawn to dusk. The Preserve is pleased that we can continue to provide access for “essential activities” as defined by Governor Mills’ executive order. 

  • When visiting Little Long Pond, please remember:

    • If you are traveling to Maine from a non-exempt state, you must either self-quarantine for 14 days or receive a negative COVID test. Exempt states are New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey.

      Park only in designated areas. Some cars were parked on the moss in the upper parking lot above Little Long Pond this weekend – please do not do that. If all parking areas are taken, please come back later.
    • Stay at least six feet apart. Step off trails to let others pass.

    • Keep your dog on a leash and near your side if they cannot be recalled by your voice commands.

    • Pick up your dog’s waste and deposit it in the nearest receptacle. There is a receptacle just inside of the Bracy Cove gate and another at the northern Boathouse/eastern carriage road intersection. Please do not drop dog waste bags along the side of any carriage road or trail. If you are not near a receptacle, please pack out your dog’s waste.

    • No restroom facilities are available so plan ahead.

    • No bicycles are permitted.

  • The lower carriage road leading from the main gate to the Boathouse has been closed due to re-seeding but is now open to visitors. We ask that only people and dogs use this road for now, and that horses continue to use the upper carriage roads.

Coyotes at Little Long Pond - Summer Update


A family of coyotes lives around the northeastern meadow at Little Long Pond. They have been seen regularly in the meadow and crossing the carriage road. When you are in this area, we recommend keeping your dog on a leash and on the carriage road. Coyotes will defend their territory against dogs. It is important to realize that if we keep our distance from coyotes, negative interactions are extremely unlikely. On the other hand, dogs (especially small dogs) running through their territory may be met by defensive coyotes. We can all safely coexist. There will be new signs posted off the carriage road near the coyote den. Email Director of Natural Lands Tate Bushell at tbushell@gardenpreserve.org with any coyote observations or questions.

Trail Guide

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                                         


Tips for visiting:

The lands and trails of the Preserve 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.


Click to hear Tate's Zoom Presentation

"Managing Little Long Pond: Preservation, People and Paws"

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.


  1. 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.

  2. Upper Lot (12 parking spots) – Off Peabody Drive less than ½ mile west of the Main Gate entrance.

  3. Harbor Brook Lot (10 parking spots) – Off Peabody Drive approximately ½ mile west of the Upper Lot.

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