Giant's Stairs - McIntosh Lot Preserve

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
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

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

Plan Ahead and Prepare
Be prepared for emergencies. Pack extra clothing, food, and water and also a flashlight, first aid and repair kit, matches/fire starters, whistle, signaling mirror, and pocket knife.
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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.

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