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