Posted on September 11, 2017 and last updated on September 12, 2017

Giant Stairs, Harpswell


  • Preserve Size: 1 acres
  • Trail Mileage: .6-mile loop if you walk back along the road
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: rocky coast, views of Casco Bay

This is a stunning, albeit short trail along a particularly dramatic part of Harpswell’s coast. The preserve is named for the Giant Stairs, a geological curiosity. The stairs look like blocks of darker rock, set within the flaky coastal rocks, which descend into the frothy sea. The trail is well marked, and offers easy footing.

Directions: Parking is located at 19 Ocean Street, Bailey Island. From Cook’s Corner in Brunswick, follow Rt 24 south for 14.5 miles, crossing the Cribstone Bridge. Turn left on Washington Ave. Park at the Episcopal Chapel at the intersection of Washington Ave and Ocean St (except during services) or at the four designated spots along Washington Ave.


Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!