Giant's Stairs - McIntosh Lot Preserve

This is the print view for this trail. View the full trail posting.

This shore walk offers spectacular views of eastern Casco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean along quintessential rocky Maine coastline. The erosion pattern of the coast gives the allusion of giant stairs from which the trail gets its name.
Trail Activity
Snowshoeing Walking
0.5 miles, Loop
Gravel/Crushed Stone, Rock/Ledge


Jointly managed by the Town of Harpswell and the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, the Giant's Stairs Trail begins at the eastern end of Ocean Street and provides a 0.3 mile, shore walk featuring spectacular views of eastern Casco Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. The name ‘Giant’s Stairs’ refers to the interesting erosion pattern of the volcanic dikes in the rock. Given the rocky coast, high waves often create huge crashing surf on the cliffs.

The Town portion of the trail extends along the shore to Little Harbor. To complete a loop (approximately 0.5 mile) to Washington Avenue and back to the parking area at the Episcopal chapel, take the indicated trail across the shrubby MacIntosh Lot Preserve, a 1 acre parcel of shrub-scrub land off Washington Avenue on Bailey Island slightly to the west of the Giant's Stairs.

Other Information

Giant's Stairs Trail is open dawn to dusk to pedestrian use only. Please stay on the trail and respect the adjacent landowner's privacy. Motor vehicles and bicycles are not allowed. Please follow a carry in, carry out policy taking only pictures and leaving only footprints. Open fires and camping are not allowed.

Dogs must be on a leash.

Trail Manager

Visit Harpswell Heritage Land Trust online for more information or contact:

Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
PO Box 359
Harpswell, ME 04079
Phone: (207) 721-1121
View website

Nearby Events


Trail Tips

Minimize Campfire Impacts
Use only small pieces of dead and down wood for campfires and let them burn down to ash. Please extinguish your campfire before leaving.

Trailhead Information

From Cook’s Corner in Brunswick, follow ME-24 south for 14.5 miles, crossing the Cribstone Bridge. Turn left on Washington Ave. Park at the Episcopal Chapel at 19 Ocean Street, Bailey Island (except during services). The chapel is at the intersection of Washington Ave and Ocean Street. Turn right on Washington Ave for additional designated roadside parking spots. Parking is limited.

Hide All
Join In on the Fun!
Log in or create an account below to unlock all the great features of Maine trail finder: keep track of trails you want to do, preserve memories of trails you’ve done, earn badges, and more!
Your log in attempt was not successful. Please try again.
    Lost your password? Reset your password
    Don't yet have an account?
    There was an issue with your submission. Please try again.
      * Indicates required field
      Already have an account? Login here
      Enter your username, and we will send you a new, randomly generated password to your email account.
      There was an issue with your submission. Please try again.

        Success! A new password has been emailed to you.

        Log in now

        Please wait…