Location: Harpswell, Maine
Parking: Parking is at the dedicated parking lot for the Harpswell Town Office.
Dogs: Permitted on leash.
Family Friendly: To a degree. The peak has a vertical drop of 90 feet, so you need to exercise extreme caution with little ones - but the trail leading up to the peak is do-able for kiddos.
Every once in awhile I'll be working or just doing day to day life things and I'll think to myself: you know what I would rather be doing? I would much rather be hiking the Cliff Trail in Harpswell. This trail enters my thoughts a weird amount. The first time I hiked it I muttered out loud, multiple times, "this is insane." And by insane, I was referring to the views - which suddenly come out of nowhere and are utterly breath taking. This place feels like a dreamy escape from the real world. Anyway, I digress.
I went on a pretty icy/snowy day and just want to be transparent that there are extreme drops at the peak - so you want to make sure, if you are adventuring during the winter, to wear proper shoes and exercise caution. But the views! C'mon! Worth every cling to a tree as a slid down some hills.
The Cliff Trail is a 2.1 Mile Loop that begins at Strawberry Creek which hosts a small waterfall. Once you pass the creek, you wind through a beautiful forested trail that leads you to the peak, Be extremely mindful of the white markers throughout, I found myself getting a little off course at times and had to backtrack.
Once you climb to the top - breathe it in. You are overlooking Long Reach from 150 foot cliffs. Soak up your hard work and take a moment to reflect. I know I did.
After my nice quiet moment, I continued on to the end of the trail. The trail drops you across the street from the parking lot, so I was a little confused as first. Head straight and you'll hit the town hall where the parking lot is. And once you climb back into your car, you'll dream about the next time you can take a day and enjoy this beauty of a hike.