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Stover’s Point Preserve

Photo by Elsa Martz

Photo by Elsa Martz

Stover’s Point Preserve consists of 4+ acres of salt marsh and gravel beach on the western shore of Harpswell Sound. Originally deeded to the Nature Conservancy in 1970 by the Huston family, it was subsequently transferred to the Harpswell Garden Club in March of 1971, which provided stewardship for the property until its transfer to HHLT in April of 2000. The crescent shaped gravel, sand, and broken ledge beach is a federally designated “Coastal Barrier Zone” which separates Harpswell Sound and Harpswell Cove (aka Stover’s Cove) from a tidal marsh area that provides habitat for a variety of shore and marsh birds.

The Preserve offers a view across Harpswell Sound to the unique Cribstone Bridge connecting Orr’s Island with Bailey Island.

Read Ed Robinson’s article, A Beach and So Much More, about enjoying this preserve in every season.

Public Access:  Yes

Directions:  From the intersection of Harpswell Neck Road (Route 123) and Mountain Road, drive south on Harpswell Neck Road drive south on Harpswell Neck Road 5.7 miles. Soon after passing the old West Harpswell School, turn left on Stover’s Cove Road. Take your first right on Stover’s Point Road. Veer left. Stay straight at Windsor Road. Follow the road as it curves to the right then take a left on a gravel road. Being very careful of the undercarriage of your car, drive right out onto the sand bar that is the preserve. Once on the beach, please be careful to park on gravel surfaces only.

Rules of Use
Motor vehicles are restricted to road and gravel parking areas. Speed limit: 5mph.
No overnight parking.
Carry in, carry out.
Take only pictures. Leave only footprints.
No open fires or camping.
No hunting or discharge of firearms.
Pets are permitted provided they are on a leash or under voice control so that they do not interfere with wildlife or other users’ enjoyment of the Preserve.
Gatherings of 15 or more require written permission from the Trust.
No trap, float or boat storage.

Acquired:  2000

Property Owner:  HHLT

Easement Holder:  None