Skolfield Shores Preserve
With fields, saltwater marsh and more than 4,000 feet of shoreline on Middle Bay Cove, Skolfield Shores Preserve is well-suited for walking with friends or family and spotting a wide range of birds, from meadowlarks to terns. Two trail loops leave from the main parking area. The Liberty Farm Trail leaves from Harpswell Neck Road a short distance south of the parking area. The trails 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. Today it is an important area for shellfish harvesters.
Skolfield Shores Preserve was purchased with money raised during the successful Special Places for Harpswell campaign in 2002. The Liberty Farm addition to Skolfield Shores Preserve was purchased in 2015 with help from a National Coastal Wetlands Conservation grant and Maine Coast Heritage Trust.
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Skolfield Shores Preserve is located at 33 Skolfield Drive, Harpswell. 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.
- 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.
- Click here to download a trail brochure.
- Read Jamie Pacheco’s post: A Glorious Day for a Hike at Skolfield Shores Preserve.
- Read Ed Robinson’s article: Follow the Tracks to Skolfield Shores.