Stover’s Point Preserve
Ownership: Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
Features: great for kids, water access, picnic, scenic view, swimming
Description: If you are looking for a beach day with friends or family, Stover’s Point is the place to go. With the convenience of being able to drive right on the gravel beach, this is a great place to spend a day exploring and breathing in the salty ocean breeze. Bring the kids or launch your kayak. The beach and neighboring salt marsh provide crabs to catch and views across Harpswell Sound to the unique Cribstone Bridge connecting Orr’s and Bailey islands. At the far end of the beach, a tidal creek makes for great swimming.
Stover’s Point Preserve includes a modest salt marsh. Salt marshes exist in estuaries along the Maine coast and are some of the most productive ecosystems in the world. While only a narrow diversity of creatures can survive in this border ecosystem between salt and fresh water habitats, the few species who call salt marshes home exist in large numbers. The marsh is made up of an assortment of spartina grasses (which are tolerant of salt water), and supports snowy egrets, great blue herons, and other creatures great and small.
Directions: From the intersection of Harpswell Neck Road (Route 123) and Mountain Road, drive south on Harpswell Neck Road for 5.7 miles. 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 beach. Once on the beach, please be careful to park on gravel surfaces only.
- Carry in, carry out.
- No overnight parking.
- Motorized vehicles restricted to designated area.
- No open fires.
- No camping.
- Dogs must be under owner’s control to avoid interfering with wildlife, the neighbors, or other users’ enjoyment of the Preserve.
- Carry out all dog waste.
- Please respect wildlife, neighbors and other users.
- This preserve available for events, with HHLT permission.
- No trap, float or boat storage.
- Power driven mobility devices are allowed on gravel areas.
Read Ed Robinson’s article, A Beach and So Much More, about enjoying this preserve in every season.