Harriman Point

This 138-acre preserve comprises the majority of Harriman Point, a scenic peninsula in Brooklin. Harriman Point boasts spectacular views east across Blue Hill Bay to the summits of Mount Desert Island and west across Allen Cove.
Trail Activity
Length
1.5 miles, Network
Difficulty
Moderate
Town
Brooklin
Surface
Dirt/Forest Floor, Rock/Ledge, Sand
Pets
Permitted
Fees
No

Description

Follow the access trail from the parking lot on Harriman Point Road. The trail leads across private property to the entrance of the preserve. Here, an old woods road leads north to an open field and former home site of the Harriman family, 1 mile from the parking area. From the old homestead, two trails branch off, each leading 0.25 miles: one to the eastern shore and the other to the northwestern shore. In addition to scenic views, Harriman Point is a wonderful destination for wildlife observation, especially for birdwatchers during spring and fall migration.

This 138-acre preserve comprises the majority of Harriman Point, a scenic peninsula in Brooklin. Harriman Point boasts spectacular views from the shore east across Blue Hill Bay to the summits of Mount Desert Island and west across Allen Cove to the former residence of E.B. White. With roughly two miles of shoreline, the preserve contains the largest continuous stretch of coastline open to the public on the Blue Hill Peninsula.

Evidence of Harriman Point’s history can be seen in the late-18th century foundations and stonewalls that still remain. The peninsula was settled by the Harriman family in 1795. Today, the point is largely wooded, but also contains forested wetlands, saltmarshes and a 1.3-acre bog. However, Harriman Point’s most notable features are its shell and gravel beaches along its eastern shore.

Other Information

Preserve Information and Guidelines:

  • Please respect the privacy of preserve neighbors
  • No parking on Tinkers Lane
  • No camping permitted
  • No fires permitted
  • Carry out all trash, including human and pet waste and toilet paper
  • Keep pets under strict voice or leash control
  • Do not remove archaeological artifacts

Trail Manager

For more information and for a printable preserve map, please visit Maine Coast Heritage Trust's website.

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Maine Coast Heritage Trust
1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 201
Topsham, ME 04086
Phone: (207) 729-7366
padams@mcht.org

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Trail Tips

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

From the junction of ME-172 and ME-175, south of Blue Hill: follow ME-175 toward Brooklin. Continue 7.5 miles and then turn left onto Harriman Point Road. Drive 0.5 mile to the parking lot on the right. The town generously granted Maine Coast Heritage Trust an easement for this parking lot. To access the preserve from the parking lot follow the trail across the street. Please respect the privacy of preserve neighbors by staying on the designated path and parking only in the designated parking area. 

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