Location: In Township 18 MD, north of Cherryfield, Washington County
Description: The Great Heath is one of the largest peatland systems in Maine. The entirety of the state-owned portion of the Great Heath was designated as an Ecological Reserve in 2001 to protect Maine’s biological diversity, among other purposes. It is an excellent example of a domed bog ecosystem, a typed of raised, inland peat bog that has a convex surface extending several meters above the surrounding ecosystem. The Great Heath supports a variety of peatland types. The unit abuts seven miles of the Pleasant River, which is one of the seven rivers in Maine that support Atlantic salmon. Recreation on the land consists primarily of fishing and paddling on the Pleasant River.
Activities: Camping, fishing, and hunting
For More Information: Visit the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands website for more information about the unit.