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Explore the Outdoors in Harpswell


Harpswell has many beautiful trails and open spaces, most of them are on or near water and allow water access. 
The Harpswell Guide is a 26-page comprehensive guide that includes trail maps, information about beaches, boat launches, historic landmarks and more. The Harpswell Guide was conceived by the Recreation and Town Lands Committees and was created in cooperation with Harpswell Heritage Land Trust. 
Dogs are welcome at all Town properties as long as they are under owners' control. Most properties have doggie pot stations where you will find plastic bags and a waste receptacle.

Harpswell Neck Mitchell Field - Features include hiking, biking, scenic views, water access, a community garden, swimming and picnics. This is a great place to bring kids and dogs.
Great Island Cliff Trail - Features include hiking, scenic views and fairy house zones. This is the longest and most challenging trail in Harpswell.
Orr’s and Bailey Islands Devil’s Back Trail Area - Features include hiking and water access.
Giant’s Stairs and McIntosh Lot Preserve - The Giant's Stairs lot is Town-Owned. McIntosh Lot is managed by HHLT. Features include hiking and scenic views.
By Boat Town-Owned Islands - Many of the islands in Harpswell are designated Federally or by the State as migratory bird nesting habitats and should not be landed on until August 15. (Meaning persons visiting the islands should do so between August 15 and March 15).
*Town Owned: Elm Islands, Uncle Zeke Island, Flash Island and Jenny Island, Strawberry Creek Island (aka Stover's Island)
*State Owned: Haskell Island South, Mark Island, Mouse Island, Pond Island, Flag Island and Little Birch Island
*Federally Owned: Ram Island and Upper Flag Island
There are others owned by local Land Trusts - please be a responsible island visitor and double check if the island you want to visit is not inhabited by nesting birds.