Harpswell Cliff Trail

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Harpswell Cliff Trail

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263 Mountain Road
Harpswell, ME 04079 United States

Trail Info from the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust

Features:  hike, scenic view, fairy house zones, great for kids

Length:  2.3 miles

Difficulty:  Challenging

Hiking Time:  1 hour

Description: This rugged-at-times 2.3-mile trail includes a shore walk along tidal Strawberry Creek and spectacular views from 150-foot cliffs overlooking Long Reach from one of the highest points in Harpswell. Two “fairy house” zones provide children with a place for play and creativity. Unbroken forests stretch to the east and south beyond Long Reach — preserved forever for the benefit of wildlife and people.

Views from the top of the cliffs overlooking Long Reach are astounding. One hundred and fifty feet below you is Long Reach, stretching far to the north. Be careful as you approach the granite cliff face because the drop here is 90 feet straight down. The reach itself, a submerged valley that is now tidal mudflats, is a prime example of Harpswell’s folded bedrock geology. The Cliff Trail meanders atop one of the massive bedrock ridges which border the reach.

Across the water is the 90-acre Long Reach Preserve owned by the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. In some years ospreys nest nearby so you may see one gliding on a thermal, and hear the high pitched whistle warning you to keep your distance.

Read Ed Robinson’s article: The Mighty Cliff Trail. For more information about the property, visit the Town of Harpswell’s website.

Directions: The trailhead is at the far corner of the back parking lot at the Harpswell Town Office, 263 Mountain Road.

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