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Otter Brook Preserve

Rob Bryan photo

Description

Otter Brook Preserve runs alongside one of the largest freshwater streams in Harpswell. This freshwater marsh, stream, and pond system is a scarce resource in our coastal community. All-season trails meander through the forest and provide approximately 1.5 miles of pleasant walking, cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Visitors here enjoy quiet woods trails and glimpses of the brook and the wildlife that rely on it, including great blue herons, ducks and dragonflies. Otter Brook Preserve was protected from development by Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, numerous generous local donors and the Town of Harpswell to preserve its essential wildlife habitat and to protect the marine water quality for clams and other ocean life living in Ewing Narrows and Harpswell Cove.

Directions

The street address for the preserve’s parking lot is 429 Harpswell Neck Road. Click here for directions from Google Maps.

From the intersection of Rt 123 and Bath Road at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, follow Rt 123 south for 6.1 miles. Look for a parking lot on the left.

Map

Click here to download a trail brochure and map.

Visitor Guidelines

  • Carry in, carry out.
  • Pedestrian use only.
  • No overnight parking.
  • No open fires.
  • No camping.
  • Dogs must be on leash to protect wildlife and neighboring farm animals.
  • Carry out all dog waste.
  • Hunting is allowed. Wear blaze orange and take appropriate safety precautions during hunting season.
  • No trapping.
  • Please respect wildlife, neighbors and other users.

More Information

  • Click here to read Nancy West’s article: Otter Brook Preserve: A Noisy Spring.
  • Click here to read more about the Otter Brook Project.