Ellisville Harbor is a unique coastal property, including an 18th century farmstead, beachfront, salt marsh, rolling meadows, and red pine forest. It's also one of the most scenic spots on the South Shore coastline, where you can see small fishing boats, a barrier beach, sphagnum bog, forested upland and open meadows. Recreation activities include walking, bird watching, beach combing and sightseeing. In fall and winter, harbor seals can often be seen just off-shore. Between 2,500 and 5,000 years ago, prehistoric Native Americans hunted, fished, harvested shellfish and made tools here. The park was once part of the Harlow family farmstead.
Love this quaint little walking trail. Surprised it's a 1.5 mile in. Seems much shorter. At end of trail u come to the ocean. If you're lucky you'll see seals on the rocks or bobbing their heads up and down out in the water. Very rocky shoreline. Great place for kids to collect rocks and build cairns. Even better is the "take a rock ... Leave a rock". Won't explain that. You'll have to go to experience it first hand. Especially if u r missing a loved one ❤️
The trail is a cinder path that leads down to a secluded beach. There are 1-2 very brief climbs but for the most part it's flat. You can carry chairs or a blanket and relax on the beach. Lots of the beach was roped off due to nesting birds we didn't see. But it is very peaceful and quiet. We walked up the beach about a mile to the channel and turned around and hiked out. Good hike for an afternoon outside of the gym.
Was quiet though I could hear traffic all the time. The Trail was easy to follow and didn't present any difficulty in either travel or to follow it. The water front was very different from most places around here. I plan to return several times in different times of the year for different views.
For those who enjoy Birding this area can be a gem. Though near a main road woodland, shore, song, and endangered birds can all be found within a small area. Birds of prey can be seen year round. The Fall migrations can be spectacular I saw
Turkey,Grouse,Quail anOwl and Raptors in less than hour one October morning. Watch out for dog mess; this is a favorite for off lease dog walkers even though illegal
Paul P. on Ellisville Harbor State Park Trail
A very, very small park but with some interesting features including the rocky beach and colonial-era farmstead.