Giant’s Stairs

Harpswell, Maine 4079

Giant’s Stairs

Giant’s Stairs Professional Review and Guide

"The Giant’s Stairs are a break in the rocky coast of Bailey Island where a natural staircase of basalt leads from the trail down into the crashing surf. This easy walk passes other formations such as Pinnacle Rock. A short clamber over the rocks from the end of the graded trail leads to The Gully, a narrow inlet off Little Harbor.

The drive to the Giant’s Stairs down ME 24 crosses an increasingly narrow chain of islands. Orr’s and Bailey Islands
are less than a mile wide. The bridge that connects the two
islands is a unique cribwork bridge. Long granite blocks were laid on a natural reef in an open cribwork pattern to allow the strong and substantial tides to flow through the bridge. The rush of the tide through Will’s Gut would have destroyed a conventional bridge."

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1 hour
Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, (207) 721-1121,
Local Contacts
DeLorme: Maine Atlas & Gazetteer map 6; USGS Bailey Island
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Jul 2018