Fall Foliage Forays: Maine Island Trail, Stonington, Maine

7 destinations for perfect autumn paddling

Courtesy Maine Island Trail Association

Courtesy Maine Island Trail Association

The Maine Island Trail from Stonington to Merchants Row is peppered with some 60 pink granite coastal islands, many guarded by glacial 'erratics' called Devil's Marbles. Beach your sea kayak and secure it well--tides here rise and fall 10 feet--and experience a seemingly untouched wilderness, it's shores fringed with primordial kelp and its interior full of tangled Spruce which have dropped a soft bed of needles to cushion your campsite. You'll have the place to yourself, save the bald eagles, osprey, ducks, eiders, and gulls. Fish mackerel, pollack or stripped bass for dinner or splurge for takeout--kayak outfitter Old Quarry Ocean Adventures will deliver fresh steamed lobster to your campsite, if you're so inclined.

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This story first appeared in the August 2015 issue of Canoe & Kayak.