Preserve Details

trail length
2.2 miles
difficulty level

Devil’s Back Trail Area

Town of Harpswell

The Devil’s Back Trail Area on Orr’s Island provides a lovely walk through woods and along rocky shoreline.

The trail takes its name for the land it is on: the road runs along the “spine” of the Devil’s Back. The trail on the west side of the road has a trail system that winds through mixed forest, including everything from old growth pines to a few hardy apple trees. The easy loop trail descends to Long Cove, providing numerous views of the water. Be on the lookout for osprey nestled in large “stick nests,” or soaring over the cove searching for fish to eat.

The trail on the east side of the road consists of a loop that passes through mixed soft and hardwood forest and drops down to Gun Point Cove, with the option of climbing out onto the rocks at low tide for a picnic. Hikers can enjoy beautiful views of the coastline and of seals who often pull themselves onto the rocks to rest in the sun. Ospreys and bald eagles are often spotted along this trail.

The Devil’s Back Trails are owned and managed by the Town of Harpswell. Click here for the town’s webpage.


Click here to get directions from Google Maps.

From Cook’s Corner in Brunswick, follow Rt 24 south for 9.4 miles. Soon after crossing onto Orr’s Island, look for a parking area on the left. The trail begins across the street from the parking. 1203 Harpswell Islands Road.

Visitor Guidelines

  • No overnight parking, no camping, no open fires. No alcohol.
  • Carry in-carry out.
  • Do not pick or dig up any living things.
  • Dogs on leash from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily
  • Pets must be under owner’s control (means the dog is within sight and returns upon command).
  • Follow dog leash rules and carry out all dog waste.
  • Please report any damage around the trail to the Town of Harpswell.
  • Please respect private landowners’ properties.