Preserve Details

trail length
1 mile
difficulty level

Hackett and Minot Trails

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust

The Hackett and Minot Trails take visitors through a verdant, mossy forest with numerous lichen and club-moss glades, as well as a vernal pool.  It’s a great place for a quiet woods walk.

The vernal pool forms in a low-lying area of the forest, where water can collect in the spring and dry out in late summer.  Vernal pools provide important breeding habitat for wood frogs, spotted salamanders and other animals.  Animals lay their eggs here because the pool is isolated and temporary and predators such as fish don’t live here.

Visible to the west of Harpswell Neck Rd (Rt 123), this property complements Harpswell’s historic center, which includes the 1757 Old Meeting House, the 1842 Elijah Kellogg Church, the 1876 Centennial Hall and the 1783 Tarr-Eaton House, which is protected with a historic preservation easement.


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Please park at the Harpswell Historical Society, 929 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell. From the intersection of Rt 123 and Bath Rd at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, follow Rt 123 south for 8.4 miles. After parking, cross the road and walk down the private Littlefield Road until you see signs for the trail.


  • Open dawn to dusk.
  • Carry in, carry out.
  • Pedestrian use only.
  • 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.
  • Please respect wildlife, neighbors and other users.
  • Power driven mobility devices are not allowed.