Pretty Marsh

The scenic hamlet of Pretty Marsh borders Blue Hill Bay on the western edge of Mount Desert Island. The Pretty Marsh Picnic Area, part of Acadia National Park, is located a short distance south; it’s a fine place to relax and enjoy an outdoor lunch or snack with family and friends.

The picnic area, set amid a shady forest of fragrant spruce trees, occupies a quiet spot on a hillside overlooking Pretty Marsh Harbor. Far enough away from the primary attractions of the park, visitors looking for a little bit of solitude and understated coastal beauty will find it here. And the western exposure of Pretty Marsh makes it a great spot for spectacular sunsets out over Bartlett Island.

To reach Pretty Marsh: From the Thompson Island Visitor Center drive a half-mile south on Route 3 onto Mount Desert Island. At the junction of Routes 3 and 102/198, bear right on Route 102/198 and go two miles. Just before the village of Town Hill, turn left on Indian Hill Rd. and follow this south for about 6 miles. From Somesville, travel south on Route 102 for 5 miles. From Southwest Harbor, head west and then north on Route 102 for 12 miles.

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