Devil’s Back Trail Area

Photo by Janel Johnson
Photo by Janel Johnson

Update 4/6/2020: Harpswell trails and preserves are open! Please click here for guidelines to keep us all safe during this challenging time.


The Devil’s Back Trail Area on Orr’s Island provides a lovely walk through woods and along rocky shoreline. It is owned and managed by the Town of Harpswell.

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 was opened in 2012 and 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 was opened in 2016 and 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.

Click here for the town webpage describing the trail.


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.


Visitor Guidelines

  • 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

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