Harpswell Maine Walking Trails And Beaches
Harpswell has some of the best hiking trails and beaches in Maine’s mid coast. Hidden treasures of sand and shells in sheltered coves dot the coastline. Clear cool waters of Casco Bay splash the beaches with their open vistas of the Maine coast. Hiking trails and paths of all types for hiking enthusiast line the shore and descend into the dark greens of the forest. Here is a list of what Harpswell has to offer the hiking and beach loving traveler.
Lands End Bailey Island Maine
Lands End is a fantastic place to see Maine and its many faces. You may be looking for the rugged Maine coast with cliffs and granite rocks jetting to the edge of the sea. You may be looking for a beautiful sand beach to stroll along and enjoy the sounds of the sea. Walking paths with vistas that will take your breath away. You can watch the lobster men pulling their traps or view the brightly colored spinnakers of sailing vessels as they glide past the tip of the Island.
A bronze statue of the fisherman of the sea makes for a great picture opportunity for you.
Before or after your time on the point of Lands End, don’t forget to visit the gift shop. One of the largest on the coast of Maine. The Lands End Gift Shop has great Maine gifts as well as local artisan crafts and pictures.
For a wonderful day on the Maine Coast drive on down to Lands End on beautiful Bailey Island
The Long Reach Trail In Harpswell, Maine
The Cliff Trail in Harpswell is located just behind the town office on the Mountain Road. It is a trail of wonder that seems almost out of place on this stretch of land. You can park behind the town office and start your hike down a well kept picture perfect tidal inlet. The path goes in and out with the shore.The woods are deep and green with moss covering the fallen branches and stumps that are scattered along the way. As you go your way into the woods and leave the inlet behind a new world is revealed with large old pine trees towering overhead, allowing just a glimmer of light in. Ferns and reindeer moss cover the floor of this forgotten retreat. The trail is well marked with both white and yellow markers representing the two separate trails. My father in law, my dog ( ladybug )and I continued initially along the white marker trail. Up and down along a series of small hills and valleys till we came to a sign that stated we had truly entered a magical place. The sign said Fairy House Trail. In the deepest part of the wooded trail, if you looked carefully, were a large number of fairy houses that were constructed of various types of material. Wooden sticks, birch bark, moss, and even a fairy house with a stone roof. It was truly a magical sight to behold. I would have been satisfied with the walk if that had been the end of our trail but we had just begun to find the hidden treasures that were in store for us. We came upon the sign for the Cliff Trail loop and started our ascent to this magnificent overlook. Breathtaking views that can only be compared to some of the overlooks at Acadia National park. What a sight. The edge is very steep so you need to be careful and to keep your dog leached for their own protection. The trail followed this incredible stretch of cliffs for a good while and there were many places for resting and reflecting on the beauty of the place we live. From there we were led back into the woods with it’s many wondrous sights that only the most preserved northeastern woods can provide to the hiker. I found it amazing that we were only minutes form the town office and the cross road we call mountain. The trail is well kept and fairly ease to walk. The two trails are about a total of 3 miles and can be done easily in a couple of hours. A must walk when in the Maine Mid Coast Area.
Skolfield Shore Trail in Harpswell, Maine
The Skolfield Trail is located on Rt.123. The Skolfield Shore Trail is a true treasure of the Mid Coast Maine Region. Maintained by the Harpswell Heritage Trust and loved by the local community. The trail has a little of everything. Deep woods with ferns and mushrooms to open fields with tall grass swaying with the gentle breeze to water front with breath taking views of the outer islands. The path is easy walking and has a lot of great features to it. Hand carved benches are located at beautiful overlooks. Rustic wooden bridges cross over steep banked valleys. The path is well marked and maintained. Wildlife abounds on the trail. Song birds, chipmunks and other native land animals make their home here. I would have to give this path an A for its ease to walk, combination of environments and beautiful views. I want to also thank the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust for maintaining this property so well.
Mackerel Cove, Bailey Island, Maine
The Giant Staircase Walking Path On Bailey Island, Maine
Bailey Island is rich with beautiful vistas, beaches and walking paths. One of my favorite places to go for a short walk with incredible views is the Giant Staircase. Located off Washington Ave. The Giant Staircase is so named because of the large boulders located near the end of the path that are over lapping, creating the appearance of a staircase rising out of the sea. The Giant Staircase is a beautiful, well maintained path. A must stop while visiting Bailey Island.
Cedar Beach is a treasure of a beach, with its beautiful sand and great tidal pools filled with sealife.Cook’s Lobster House Beach is a sea glass lover’s paradise. You will find a little of everything as you walk along this point of land.
The Devils Back Trail
The Devils Back Trail
The Devils Back Trail is located on Orr’s Island in the town of Harpswell. A fun easy trail with deep woods full of moss and fields of ferns. Beautiful ocean views from atop the ridge and sweeping vistas as you approach the waters of the sound. While at the waters edge we enjoyed a beautiful sailboat anchored in safe harbor. Well marked and groomed trails make this a comfortable stroll for people of all ages. The trail has some nice wooden bridges that take you across the few wet spots on the trail, adding character to this special place.