Update 4/29/2020: The Cliff Trail is experiencing high use, especially on weekends. Please consider trying out a different trail instead. You might consider Long Reach Preserve or Curtis Farm Preserve. Both lead you to the ocean! Please click here for guidelines to keep us all safe during this challenging time.
The Cliff Trail is one of the most popular trails in Harpswell. It is owned and managed by the Town of Harpswell. This is a rugged trail that includes a shore walk along tidal Strawberry Creek and spectacular views from 150-foot cliffs overlooking Long Reach. Unbroken preserved forest stretches to the east and south of Long Reach. The reach itself is a submerged valley that is now tidal mudflats. Across the Reach is the 90-acre Long Reach Preserve. The island in Long Reach is unnamed.
Fairy house zones were added in celebration and memory of Lindsey Perkins. They provide children and adults alike a place for play and creativity. Please note the Fairy House Ordinances and follow the posted rules when creating your fairy house.
Note: Please exercise caution along the cliff portion of the trail, keeping an eye on children and pets. There is a vertical drop up to 90 feet high in this section.
Click here for the town webpage describing the trail.
Click here to get directions from Google Maps.
The trailhead is at the far corner of the back parking lot at the Harpswell Town Office, 263 Mountain Road.
- No overnight parking
- Carry in-carry out trash disposal policy
- No fires
- Intoxicating beverages are not allowed
- Do not pick or dig any living thing
- Pets must be on leash
- Pet owners must clean up any fecal deposits left by their pets
- Please report any damage to the Town of Harpswell
- Please respect private landowners property
- All uses of town facilities are at the users’ risk. There are no lifeguards
- Visit the Town of Harpswell’s website.
- Read Jamie Pacheco’s post: Let’s Say Hello, and Go for a Hike on the Cliff Trail.
- Read Ed Robinson’s article: The Mighty Cliff Trail.