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The Great Heath

Great Heath Public Reserved Land is located northeast of the town of Cherryfield. Canoe or kayak is the only access to this large raised bog. Visitors enjoy terrific bird watching and the opportunity to observe bog plant life.

Attractions - Great Heath Public Reserved Land is located in Washington County within the Down East / Acadia Region. The 6,067-acre parcel is located just above US 1 and immediately east of SR 193 / Beddington Road north of Cherryfield. The reserved land houses one of the widest stretches of Pleasant River preceding The Great Heath, the largest raised bog in Maine. Headwaters of the Pleasant River begin in the lake bearing the same name which is located about 10 miles due north off SR 9. After the waters leave the bog, they flow through the town of Columbia Falls and into Pleasant Bay eventually reaching the Atlantic Ocean. This very remote area is less than an hour's drive from the boulder strewn fishing villages of Harrington and Addison.

Recreation - Great Heath Public Reserved Land is a scenic and very remote area. The freshwater land and raised peat bog parcel house pristine examples of native plant life and wildlife. Fishing, canoeing, kayaking, nature photography, bird watching and plant life observation are enjoyed year-round at this very remote site. From the headwaters of Pleasant River Lake, flowing south into the Pleasant River Bay, a number of primitive campsites and several small boat launches may be found. Hunting and trapping are allowed, subject to certain rules. Call 207-287-3821 for specific policies and laws regarding these activities.

Climate - Visitors to the Down East / Acadia Region may expect to find daytime winter temperatures averaging above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -8 Celsius). Summer brings southwesterly winds and temperatures averaging above 68 degrees Fahrenheit (above 20 Celsius). The region receives an average of more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) of precipitation each year.

Location - Access is off unmarked gravel roads northeast of Cherryfield. From Cherryfield, travel north on Ridge Road. The road with "Y." The public reserved land is above the "Y."

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round.