Cliff Trail

These well loved trails include both a rugged trail atop 150-foot cliffs, and a half-mile accessible trail along Strawberry Creek.
Trail Activity
Accessible Adventure Hiking Walking Snowshoeing Cross-country-skiing
Length
2.3 miles, Network
Difficulty
Easy, Moderate
Town
Harpswell
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor, Gravel/Crushed Stone, Rock/Ledge
Pets
Permitted on leash
Fees
No

Description

This preserve features an inclusive 0.4-mile shoreline trail along tidal Strawberry Creek with a nice view of the cascade and a resting area. This section of the trail was updated in 2021 to make a smooth wide path that is inclusive and accessible for individuals with limited mobility or who use mobility devices. It's hard-packed gravel surface is 4 feet wide, and has a maximum slope of under 8%, the steepest grade is at the Strawberry Creek view point (a wooden platform).

Beyond the inclusive trail is a rugged backcountry style trail with spectacular views from 150-foot cliffs overlooking Long Reach. Fairy house zones provide children with a place for play and creativity. Unbroken, preserved forests stretch to the east and south of Long Reach. The Reach itself is a submerged valley that is now tidal mudflats. Across the Reach is the 90-acre Long Reach Preserve. 

Learn about Aggie and Molly's visit to the Cliff Trail with Aggie using her wheelchair at MTF Stories!

Other Information

GUIDELINES

  • Dogs allowed on leash 10am - 4pm daily. All other times, dogs are off-leash if under owner control at all other times. Under owner control is defined as dog is within sight and returns upon command.
  • No motorized vehicles allowed, other than wheelchairs and authorized vehicles.
  • This trail is not designed for bicycles - please ride elsewhere.

Trail Manager

For additional information, visit the Town of Harpswell Recreation Department website, or contact:

Town of Harpswell
PO Box 39
263 Mountain Road
Harpswell, Maine 04079
Phone: (207) 833-5771 x108
gcaldwell@town.harpswell.me.us
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Trailhead Information

Trailhead is located behind the Harpswell Town Office (263 Mountain Road), which is 1.3 miles east on Mountain Road from it's junction with ME-123, and 1.3 miles west on Mountain Road from it's junction with ME-24.

There is ample parking at the trailhead.

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