Harpswell Cliffs and Long Reach Mountain Trail is a 2.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Harpswell, Maine that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
2.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
269 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

1 month ago

Fun trail fairly easy with some steeper hills. Lots of roots and unsteady ground. Beautiful views. Great little ferry homes kids and grown ups created all along the path.

hiking
1 month ago

Great path ! Took my friend and me around 1h9m. We did stop at the overlooks and take pics . Our average pace was about 18 -20 min/mile - so it could be completed in around 40 minutes! A few things about the trail ; very very rooty! Also it had down poured yesterday and a lot of the trail was still mucky. Neither of these are cons - just information I would personally have liked to know before I hiked so I thought I would share.

1 month ago

Beautiful hike

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent short hike with stunning views of the tidal flats. My wife and I hiked this gem on Friday. We saw seals fishing as the tide retreated. Can be hiked in sneakers like we did but highly recommended a good pair of boots due to the roots and uneven footing.

1 month ago

Beautiful, light filtered, hike in the woods. Great view on the top. If you have your dog off leash, be sure to mind the signs to releash your dog near the top. They are not kidding when they say it’s a sheer 150 ft drop.

2 months ago

Beautiful views with a little bit of everything- woods, coastline, river/slough. Exquisite overlook - don’t miss it! Not hard but a very uneven path - if you have ANY balance or mobility issues, bring a walking stick.

2 months ago

Great little walk! Beautiful view from the cliff, even in the fog. My only complaint would be that we came from the opposite direction as most people and there was no warning sign before the cliff drop off... had my dog been off leash at that point he may very well have run right off the 150 foot edge in the fog. This would be a cool spot to swim in a hot day.

walking
3 months ago

A very pleasant hike with a great payoff as the cliff lookout oversees the bluegreen Long Reach, great for a leisurely morning or afternoon stroll.

Also, one thing I'd like to correct is that dogs aren't required to be on leash here, just under control of their owners (by voice, collar, leash, etc.) so this is a great trail to bring your pups with you as well. I would recommend leashing them around the cliffs however, it truly is a cliff, not a steep embankment, so be extra careful at the lookouts!

hiking
3 months ago

Definitely more miles then stated above, but a fun walk. Beautiful water views.

hiking
3 months ago

I can’t believe I lived here 18 years and never hiked this trail! It’s absolutely lovely! The trailhead is located behind the town office. As you look to the woods the trailhead will be to your left. There are two options to get to the granite summit: a white path is 2.5 miles and the yellow path which is 1.5 miles. The beginning of the trail is for both even though it’s marked white. A little walk in and the trail separates. I took the longer trail. The view from the cliff was lovely as you can see the bay. I would suggest you check the tide chart. Going 2 hours either side of high tide with give you a nice view of the tidal basin. The cliff is not a misnomer - it is a sheer drop off so be cautious with risky and impulsive children and pets. It’s an enjoyable way to spend a few hours of the day. Enjoy!

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail to hike! Offered some nice views of the ocean and had easy to follow markers. The fairy houses were fun to look for!

3 months ago

Great hike. I agree with the moderate rating. Nice views and plenty of parking at the town hall

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent short hike with good views

Good trail beautiful views. I love the fairy house!!

hiking
4 months ago

Not a very interesting walk. Mostly through the woods. Views are mostly of tidal basins.
Not very special, especially disappointing for friends were visiting from out of town and wanted to see a little more of the coast on their hike.

4 months ago

Very sweet trail. Simple but has some climbs and nice views. Perfect for a semi beginner

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail. We’ve done it a few times. Some people build fairy houses in this part of Harpswell. There are many fairy houses along the trail. There are some slippery places along the trail at the tops of the cliffs. Be careful near the edges.

hiking
5 months ago

Very well marked trail. Very scenic from the lookouts. Waterfall was dried up...I will have to go again in the spring. Path is covered in tree roots so definitely wear your hiking shoes.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful views and an easy to moderate hike, though the tree roots really are something to contend with along the entire trail. Not a trail for sneakers. Plenty of parking (behind the Town Hall).

hiking
5 months ago

Nice moderate hike. Bug spray needed. Beautiful views from the cliff!

6 months ago

Loved it. Buggy till we got round to the waterside. Stunning views. Great hike for kids, but watch ‘em and pups near the cliffs.

6 months ago

Absolutely beautiful!

10 months ago

Gorgeous at any time of year!

11 months ago

Great spot!

hiking
11 months ago

I loved this trail. The views over the river were beautiful and the fairy houses were adorable.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

A nice hike but I would rate it easy, not moderate.

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Just a little rugged. Very well marked. Wear mosquito repellent!! You will be eaten alive.

hiking
Saturday, September 02, 2017

This is a nice trail, but I would definitely rate it an easy trail, not moderate. The last part of the trail ends at the transfer station and wasn't sure where to go from there. The trail was marked but I did find that a couple places where we went off the trail. It's not just a loop- has a bunch of overlooks before the cliff, some didn't offer much of a look, but he too was nice.

The water was so pretty and unique. I'll definitely go back.

hiking
Saturday, September 02, 2017

Great trail with beautiful views! Well maintained and marked, though we did wander off trail a couple times without meaning to - there are many "subtrails" so really pay attention to the white blazes. Challenging ascent to the cliffs, but nothing too terrible (no ladders or ropes needed). Many roots along the entire trail so I recommend hiking boots over running shoes. My friend's dog had a blast; there are some spots with sharp drop-offs so bring a leash. I'll definitely hike this trail again.

hiking
Monday, August 28, 2017

Beautiful views on the Cliff Trail and great for dogs. I gave it three stars because I found it way too heavily trafficked. If you prefer hiking without tons of other people around, this place is NOT for you. We went on a Saturday around 11:00. Maybe weekdays or early mornings are more peaceful. I think the description of this trail should be changed to "heavily trafficked loop trail".

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