Bordering Penobscot Bay in Brooksville, Maine, is a beautiful 1230-acre area known as Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park. Populated by diverse ecosystems and abundant wildlife, the sanctuary is a perfect spot for those who enjoy quiet exploration of the beauty of nature.
Holbrook Island Sanctuary is made up of tall pine forests, wetlands, meadows with abundant wildflowers, rocky shores, marshes and ponds, steep hills that were once volcanoes, and even its own Island: Holbrook Island, which was settled by Captain Jesse Holbrook following the Revolutionary War, and provided the wood used for building ships in the nearby town of Castine. In the 1960s, a longtime resident of Brooksville, Anita Harris, began acquiring land to be made into a nature preserve. She donated the 1230 acres she had acquired in 1971, with the stipulation that it be kept undeveloped for “the preservation of nature.”
There are a wide variety of activities available for those wishing to explore the sanctuary: fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, canoeing, kayaking, and swimming for recreational activities, and the park provides a picnic area and a launch area for canoes and kayaks. Bird and wildlife watchers will be awed by what the sanctuary’s ecosystems have to offer: coyote, bobcat, beaver, otter, deer, muskrat, fox, and porcupine, as well as many varieties of birds, including blue herons, osprey, bald eagles, and peregrine falcons.
The park rules are as follows:
Stay on designated trails. Trails are for walking only. Leave all natural items for others to enjoy. Please do not pick wildflowers, cut trees or shrubbery. Observe wildlife form a distance where it is not disturbed or flushed. Keep pets on a leash not more than 4 feet long. Clean up after your pets. Use only charcoal for fires and build fires only in grills provided. Fires are not permitted on beaches. Camping is not permitted. Rules and regulations are posted on the park bulletin board.
Holbrook Island Sanctuary is open daily from 9 AM to sunset, year round. Come for a day of peaceful exploration in the heart of the authentic Maine outdoors.