Skolfield Shores Preserve

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Turn of the century boathouse at Skolfield Shores


With fields, saltwater marsh and more than 4,000 feet of shoreline on Middle Bay Cove, Skolfield is well-suited for walking with friends or family or spotting a wide range of birds, from meadowlarks to terns. Two trail loops, for a total of a mile, wind through varied forest habitat and provide views of the cove, the saltwater marsh separating Brunswick and Harpswell and the fields of historic Merrucoonegan Farm. A spur trail leads to an old stone ferry wharf and a turn of the century boathouse along the shore.

The word Merrucoonegan derives from a Native American term for “easy carrying place.” Traditionally, this area was used by Native Americans to move up and down the coast using protected waters. Later it was a center for the Skolfield Shipyards in the heyday of wooden ship building.

With the field and woods across from the entrance to the preserve also protected by a conservation easement, it is hoped that this gateway to Harpswell will retain its historic appearance and natural beauty for generations.


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From the intersection of Rt 123 and Bath Rd at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, follow Rt 123 south for 4.6 mi. Turn right into Skolfield Drive and then take an immediate left into the parking lot for the preserve.


Visitor Guidelines

  • Carry in, carry out.
  • Pedestrian use only.
  • No overnight parking.
  • No open fires.
  • No camping.
  • No dogs allowed.
  • Hunting is allowed. Wear blaze orange and take appropriate safety precautions during hunting season.
  • Trapping is allowed with written permission from HHLT.
  • Please respect wildlife, neighbors and other users.
  • Power driven mobility devices are not allowed.

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