Pretty Marsh

Pretty Marsh Shore

Pretty Marsh is a picnic area in Acadia National Park located on the west coast of Mount Desert Island at Pretty Marsh Harbor. This area is somewhat isolated from the popular attractions of Acadia National Park. Therefore, it has fewer visitors than other attractions, providing a quiet, relaxing place to have a picnic or just relax. The photograph above shows the beach on Pretty Marsh Harbor. Beyond the harbor is Blue Hill Bay. The next photograph is a view west across Pretty Marsh Harbor to Bartlett Island.

Pretty Marsh Harbor

The picnic area is in an old growth forest as seen in the next picture. The cool breezes, scent of pines and the soft forest floor has a calming effect on visitors.

Forest at Pretty Marsh

Picnic tables and fireplaces are scattered along the road in Pretty Marsh and in the forest. Visitors must supply their own wood for the fireplaces. Collecting wood in the forest is prohibited. The following photograph shows a group of picnic tables in a covered enclosure near the beach. Note the stairs to the beach in the lower left side of this photograph.

Pretty Marsh Picnic Shelter

The next photograph shows one of the landings on this stairway. Notice the bench on this landing from which Pretty Marsh Harbor can be comfortably examined. Pretty Marsh has accommodations for people with physical disabilities.

Bench on Stairs to the Shore

Pretty Marsh is at the extreme western point of Pretty Marsh Road that begins south of the Village of Somesville in the Town of Mount Desert. One can also drive to Pretty Marsh via Indian Point Road that begins north of the Village of Town Hill in Bar Harbor. Follow the signage to the Pretty Marsh picnic area. Don't confuse the picnic area with the Village of Pretty Marsh that is north of the picnic area. Unfortunately, the picnic area could be better marked. As one begins to proceed more to the south on Pretty Marsh Road, the picnic area is to the right. Look for the signs identifying the picnic area. One can also get to Pretty Marsh by traveling north from the Village of Bernard on the Tremont Road.

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