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Curtis Farm Preserve

 

Craig Snapp photo

Craig Snapp photo

Description

Curtis Farm Preserve has much to offer visitors. The 1.25-mile trail system takes visitors through field, forest and to coastal bays, with scenic views along the way. The Preserve includes nearly 2,000 feet of shoreline on both Curtis Cove and Basin Cove, gravel beaches, a freshwater pond, forested freshwater wetlands and 15 acres of intertidal mud flats for shellfish and wildlife nursery areas. Running up the ridge from the shore of Curtis Cove, the habitat runs from fresh water wetlands to brushy shrub areas, a mix of softwood and hardwood forest, and a six-acre open field.  On a clear day, the views across Middle Bay as far west as Mt. Washington are impressive.

Curtis Farm Preserve offers visitors off-road parking for vital shoreline access, quiet trails, a mix of forest types and wide open space to fly a kite or watch migrating raptors. To the south of the field there is a sizable boulder left behind by the glaciers (nicknamed the “pebble”) and a lovely stand of mature oak trees to the north provides valuable food for wildlife.

Directions

Click here to get directions from Google Maps to the Harpswell Neck Road entrance.

There are two access points to the preserve: 1554 Harpswell Neck Road and 104 Basin Point Road, Harpswell. For the upland access, from the intersection of Rt 123 and Bath Rd at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, follow Rt 123 south for 11.4 miles. The parking lot is in a field on the right. For the shore access, follow Rt 123 south another .2 miles and then turn right on Ash Point Rd. Take your first right on Basin Point Rd and drive .5 miles to a parking lot on the right.

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Visitor Guidelines

  • Carry in, carry out.
  • Pedestrian use only.
  • No overnight parking.
  • No open fires.
  • No camping.
  • Dogs must be on leash during bird nesting season, April 15-July 31. All other times, dogs must be under owner control and not bother wildlife, neighbors or other users.
  • Carry out all dog waste.
  • Hunting is allowed. Wear blaze orange and take appropriate safety precautions during hunting season.
  • Trapping is allowed with written permission from HHLT.
  • Please respect wildlife, neighbors and other users.
  • Power driven mobility devices are allowed at Basin Cove picnic area.

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