Posted on September 11, 2017 and last updated on February 12, 2023

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, and they descend into the frothy sea. The trail is well marked, and offers mostly easy footing, especially at the northern end of the trail.

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. There are three places to park at the Episcopal Chapel at the intersection of Washington Ave and Ocean St (except during services) or continue a short way further along the road, and you’ll come to more parking spots — around 10 — on the right shoulder of the road.


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