Johnson Field Preserve at Mackerel Cove

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust & Town of Harpswell

The open field at the head of Mackerel Cove has been a Bailey Island landmark for generations. Overlooking one of Maine’s most scenic working harbors, Johnson Field offers visitors a place for family picnics, wintertime sledding, quiet moments of reflection, access to the beach, and spectacular views. This is a great place to launch a kayak or canoe.

Johnson Field Preserve is owned and maintained by Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. The Town-owned Mackerel Cove Lot, located next to Johnson Field, also offers gorgeous views, public access to the waterfront, and a hedge of fragrant roses. Fishermen use part of the lot for seasonal storage.

A great location for weddings, birthdays or other special events, Johnson Field is available for rental upon request. For more information about renting the property, click here.


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Johnson Field Preserve is located at 13 Abner Point Road, Bailey Island. From Cook’s Corner in Brunswick, follow Rt 24 south for 14.2 miles. The field comes into view at the intersection with Abner Point Rd. Turn right on Abner Point Rd and immediately left into a parking lot.

Mackerel Cove Lot Visitor Guidelines (Town of Harpswell)

  • No overnight parking
  • Carry in, carry out
  • No camping, no fires
  • No alcohol
  • Do not pick or dig any living things
  • Dogs must be under owner control (dog is within sight and returns upon command)
  • Follow dog leash rules and carry out all dog waste
  • Please report any damage to the Town of Harpswell
  • Please respect private landowners’ properties
  • Report unusual animal behavior or dog leash violations to the Animal Control Officer at 1-800-501-1111

Johnson Field Preserve (Harpswell Heritage Land Trust)

  • Carry in, carry out.
  • Pedestrian use only.
  • No overnight parking.
  • Park in designated areas.
  • No open fires.
  • No camping.
  • Dogs must be under owner control and not bother wildlife, neighbors, or other users.
  • Carry out all dog waste.
  • No hunting or discharge of firearms.
  • Please respect wildlife, neighbors and other users.
  • Organized events or gatherings require permission from Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.
  • Power driven mobility devices are allowed on mowed areas.