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Cliff Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Harpswell, Maine that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 2.1 mi Elevation gain 262 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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This trail is experiencing high usage during COVID-19. While we are not closing the trail, we are limiting the parking and number of people on the weekends (experiencing 400+ people on Saturdays alone). Please consider visiting one of the other 17 trails in Harpswell and be prepared with a back up plan if the parking is full. Please be considerate of other hikers and socially distance. Dogs are now required to be ON leash at all times. Updated information can be found at www.harpswellrecreation.com

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Reviews (486)
Photos (288)
Recordings (351)
Completed (732)
Cecile R.
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WalkingGreat!

Very nice hike in the forest (tons of shade). As mentioned in the other reviews, the path is covered in roots and well marked. Would recommend to do during high tide.

Kimberly Adams
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WalkingGreat!

A peaceful dog friendly walk.

Julie Coryell
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Hiking

Amazing view! Best at high tide. Probably not great for young children or anyone not too steady on their feet. Lots of roots, and a few short but narrow steep climbs. Plenty of parking.

Beverly Roy
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Hiking

Lots of roots but nice views

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Justin Burwinkel
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Hiking

Great trail! A little rooty and can be buggy, but this morning was great. Views can't be beat!

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Lori DeWine
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HikingBugs

Some beautiful views, but many mosquitos right now even with spray. Trail is well marked, but I did get off track once- app map was accurate to guide me back.

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Bri Gallagher
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Hiking

Buggy but beautiful! A great family hike, if you can keep your kids away from the cliff’s edge.

Rob Civiletti
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Sandra Baur
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Haley Clermont
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Madeline Walsh
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Marie G.
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HikingBugs

Absolutely beautiful!!! We went on the Friday before the 4th of July, to avoid some of the crowds we felt could be there on the weekends. There was plenty of parking, and we only saw a few groups on the trail. The majority of the hike is wooded, and along the the cliffs, with great views!n There were some mosquitos, but if you kept moving you were fine, and while along the ocean cliffs there was enough breeze to keep them away, but bring bug spray! Can’t wait to hike this again!

Micayla B.
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Hiking

Beautiful views

Jessica Dziondziak
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Kristen Blouin
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Hiking

Great trail! Well marked and not buggy! A perfect length to fit into any part of the day!

Sydney Amico
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Hiking

It’s a great walk in the woods not too far from Portland, it is by no means intense compared to other hikes in the white mountains! No bugs and I loved the coastal views.

Natalie Tobey
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Hiking

Amazing trail. Go early to get there before it gets crowded. Lots of exposed roots so watch where you walk. No waterfall on the Cliff Trail might be too dry. Beautiful views from the cliff with spots to sit for a bit.

Alyssa Reese
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Hiking

This is one of my favorite trails. Recommend going at high tide, but even low tide is absolutely beautiful and allows for access down to the waterfront at parts of the trail. Lots of tree roots throughout so watch out for that, but it’s a wonderful little challenge and a great morning or afternoon hike. The fairy houses throughout the trails are my favorite part! And the views from the cliff are breathtaking! Highly recommend, possibly during the week when the trails aren’t so busy. Pack some snacks and take your time along this one, you won’t regret it.

Dawn James
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Ryan G.
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Savannah St. Pierre
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Great challenge, be careful of all the roots!

Harpswell Recreation
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Hiking

This trail is experiencing high usage during COVID-19. While we are not closing the trail, we are limiting the parking and number of people on the weekends (experiencing 400+ people on Saturdays alone). Please consider visiting one of the other 17 trails in Harpswell and be prepared with a back up plan if the parking is full. Please be considerate of other hikers and socially distance. Dogs are now required to be ON leash at all times. Updated information can be found at www.harpswellrecreation.com -Thank you from Harpswell Recreation!

Harpswell Recreation
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Hiking

This trail is experiencing high usage during COVID-19. While we are not closing the trail, we are limiting the parking and number of people on the weekends (experiencing 400+ people on Saturdays alone). Please consider visiting one of the other 17 trails in Harpswell and be prepared with a back up plan if the parking is full. Please be considerate of other hikers and socially distance. Dogs are now required to be ON leash at all times. Updated information can be found at www.harpswellrecreation.com -Thank you from Harpswell Recreation!

Leilani Gordon
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Hiking

The trail was beautiful!!! Would recommend going when there’s high tide.

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