Posted on January 2, 2014 and last updated on March 21, 2021

Cliff Trail, Harpswell


  • Preserve Size: 194 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 2.7 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy, with some steep sections (perilous cliffs!)
  • Sights: views, tidal Strawberry Creek

This is a beloved midcoast walk, taking you up 150-foot open ledges for vast views down Long Reach. (Check the tide charts before you go, and if you can, time your walk to higher tides for sparkly water views rather than mudflats!)

There are two loops you can do here, both of which have a few steep sections. At one point early in the walk when you are walking along Strawberry Creek, you’ll see a trail sign pointing off to a cascade overlook. The blazed trail continues for a bit but there doesn’t seem much to see here, so keep to the main paths that take you, eventually, to the cliff overlook, with views all the way down the cove. Also, one of the loops deposits you at the transfer station. Walk back to the town hall from here, a short paved path connects the two municipal buildings. The main loop is about 2.3 miles.

Directions: The 2.3 loop starts at the sweetly named Strawberry Creek behind the Harpswell town office at 263 Mountain Rd., between Rt. 24 and Rt. 123. Pick up the trail at the far corner of the parking lot nearest the creek.