Posted on January 29, 2014 and last updated on March 21, 2021

Long Reach Preserve, Harpswell


  • Preserve Size: 95 acres
  • Trail Mileage: 1.9 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Sights: Long Reach cove, peat bogs nestled between prominent bedrock ridges

Long Reach Preserve is 95 acres, and according to the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, is a classic example of Harpswell’s folded bedrock geology. “Two steep bedrock ridges separated by peat-filled wetlands run north-south along the property. Long Reach itself is another submerged valley that is now tidal mudflats.” There are some nice outlooks onto Long Reach and the cliffs across the water that make up the majestic heights you hike along on the Cliff Trail. And, like many of the walks around here (Cliff and Devil’s Back), some fairly steep ups and downs.

Directions:  From the intersection of Mountain Road and Harpswell Islands Road (Rt. 24), travel north on Harpswell Islands Road for 1.3 miles. The Preserve shares a parking lot with the Trufant-Summerton Ball Field, which will be on your left. The trail head is to the right as you drive into the ball field parking lot.