Harpswell Cliff Trail

Harpswell, Maine

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This scenic loop hike features lovely cliff-top views over tidal Long Reach and a fairy house village. Cliff Trail is located on 205 acres of Harpswell town property assembled in three purchases between 1978 and 2002 and bounded by Strawberry Creek, Henry’s Marsh, Long Reach, and Mountain Road. Though originally intended for affordable housing, municipal buildings, recreation, and conservation, the land’s ridges, cliffs, streams, and wetlands made the property unsuitable for development. While the portion of land fronting on Mountain Road was eventually developed, the remaining acreage was preserved for low-impact recreation and wildlife habitat.
AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast

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AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast

by Carey Michael Kish (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

This scenic loop hike features lovely cliff-top views over tidal Long Reach and a fairy house village. Cliff Trail is located on 205 acres of Harpswell town property assembled in
three purchases between 1978 and 2002 and bounded by Strawberry Creek, Henry’s Marsh, Long Reach, and Mountain Road.

Though originally intended for affordable housing, municipal buildings, recreation, and conservation, the land’s ridges, cliffs, streams, and wetlands made the property unsuitable
for development. While the portion of land fronting on Mountain Road was eventually developed, the remaining acreage was preserved for low-impact recreation and wildlife habitat.

© 2015 Carey Michael Kish/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Harpswell
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 280 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 1 hour 45 mins
Season: Year-round from dawn to dusk
Additional Use: Skiing
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Town of Harpswell (harpswell.maine.gov; 207-833-5771)
Local Maps: USGS Orrs Island; Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 6 (DeLorme); Cliff Trail Map (town of Harpswell)
Driving Directions: Directions to Harpswell Cliff Trail

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