Swan Island

Richmond to Hallowell – Kennebec Valley Region


  • Begin the day in Richmond at Annabella's Bakery and Café.

  • Pack a picnic lunch and water.

    Board the five-minute ferry ride across the Kennebec River to Swan Island. Explore this historic island at the head of Merrymeeting Bay. Day hikers, campers, and birders are all welcome. There are 7+ miles of trails. The entire island is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The day use fee is $8.00 per person. There are four scheduled ferries each day, BUT RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE IN ADVANCE by calling 207-547-5322.

  • Walk up the hill and treat yourself to a yummy ice cream from Main Street Dairy Treat. Perfect afternoon treat!

  • Check in for the evening at Maple Hill Farm in Hallowell.

  • Local Tips:

    Ride or walk the Kennebec River Rail Trail, a six-mile trail from Augusta to Gardiner.

  • Meander through Vaughan Woods and Historic Homestead known locally as “Hobbit Land”.

  • Grab a brew at Liberal Cup Public House and Brewery, a 7-barrel brewpub.

  • Have dinner at A-1 Diner in Gardiner or Slates in Hallowell. Both are longtime favorites.

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