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Visiting Guidelines


Being a responsible user of Trail islands means following Leave No Trace practices as outlined by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, a national non-profit dedicated to building awareness, appreciation, and respect for wild lands through a model of outdoor low-impact skills and ethics. The Trail Guide contains more information about LNT and other ways to be a conscientious Trail user. Because sites are added to and removed from the Trail every year, and usage guidelines may change, it’s important to have a current copy of the Guide with you when you travel the Trail.

To learn more about volunteering on the Trail, click here.


Maine’s islands are a remote wilderness, and visiting them safely requires diligence, knowledge, observation, and preparation. Please make sure that you have the appropriate skill, experience, and equipment for navigating Maine’s coastal waters before heading out.

Our Store to Shore brochure is full of useful suggestions and checklists to help sea kayakers safely manage risk and minimize impact.

Refer to the Trail Guide or App for more important safety information.  Also check out the following boating safety & hazards brochures for specific regions:


The Maine Island Trail Association is in the process of creating a comprehensive management strategy for invasive plants on the islands. If you find invasives, please report the following to the MITA office by calling 207-761-8225 or emailing