Potts Point Preserve

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This small preserve offers extensive tide pools to explore, a gravel beach and dramatic views of Casco Bay. It is reached by walking along scenic, private Potts Point Road.
Trail Activity
Walking Hiking
Length
0.6 miles, Round Trip
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate
Town
Harpswell
Surface
Rock/Ledge, Pavement
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

If you love exploring the ocean shoreline, this tiny preserve has just about everything you could want. There are extensive tide pools to explore, a gravel beach, and dramatic views of Casco Bay. Standing at the southern tip of the preserve, you can enjoy an unparalleled view of a number of the islands that make Casco Bay so special, including Haskell, Pinkham, Bailey, Upper Flag, Thrumcap, and Eagle Islands.

Tide pools along the shoreline teem with life. You might be able to spot barnacles, oysters, crabs, shrimp, periwinkles, hermit crabs, star fish, sea urchins, and the occasional lobster or squid. All live in these small pools, surviving the cycle of the tides and nestled within a bed of assorted seaweeds and kelp. This is a great place to explore with your family, relax on the beach, take a swim, or read a good book.

There is no formal trail on the property, but it is accessed through a pleasant walk along private Potts Point Road. Once on the preserve, one can circumnavigate the tiny upland portion of the preserve by scrambling over rocks.

Other Information

VISITOR GUIDLINES

  • Carry in, carry out.
  • Pedestrian use only.
  • No open fires.
  • No camping.
  • Dogs must be under owner control and not bother wildlife, neighbors or other users.
  • Dogs must be on leash while on private Pott’s Point Road.
  • Carry out all dog waste.
  • No hunting or discharge of firearms.
  • Please respect wildlife, neighbors and other users.
  • No trap, float or boat storage.
  • Power driven mobility devices are not allowed.

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
info@hhltmaine.org
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Trail Tips

Minimize Campfire Impacts
Consider using a cooking stove and alternative light source (flashlight, candle, lantern) instead of building a campfire.

Trailhead Information

Take ME-123 (Harpswell Neck Road) to its southern end. Park as best you can along the road. Do not block the pier or access to the town landing at the end of the road. Walk 0.35 miles along the private Potts Point Road to a short trail leading to the preserve.

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