Cliff Trail

Cliff Trail, Harpswell: Address, Cliff Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Cliff Trail
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HWWoman24
Harpswell, ME244 contributions
Popular trail with expansive view with a few caveats…
Nov 2021 • Family
Exceptional view from the top! Through the years, my family and I have hiked the Cliff Trail, but it’d been a few years. We’d always taken the short trail up and back from the recycling center. Parking is now provided at the town office nearby and apparently there is a cut- through path to the entrance to the Cliff Trail at the recycling center. In any case, we started up the short trail with white tree markers and made it to the top where there is an expansive view of the length of the bay. The view is free of any signs of civilization, so aside from other people enjoying the same view, it’s easy to imagine that you are a Native American surveying all that you call home. There are some flat rocks and a clearing where you can sit and take in the view. The trail to the top is steep in places and the roots and slippery rocks make the hike more challenging. I used a wooden walking stick and it helped tremendously. My hiking partner had the responsibility of holding on to our dog’s leash and keeping our dog focused and separated from other dogs on leashes on the trail. Rather than taking the same relatively short trail back, we decided to try a different trail - one that for years had been the longer alternate trail. This proved to be a poor decision not so much because we were truly lost - we were always following trail markers - but because we came to a point of no return and had no choice but to figure out how to make it back up to the top and then start back down on the same trail that we’d started on. No doubt it was beautiful and peaceful meandering through the woods pretty much on our own, but it was also a bit disconcerting at times. We saw at least one sign that indicated scribbled with marker that a part of the trail was closed for construction, but by then it was too late. Parts of the trail close to the shore were narrow and it was tiring for me as an unseasoned hiker to have to stay so mindful of obstacles on the trail for almost 3 hours and 4.7 miles of ascending and descending hiking. The area called Strawberry Creek is apparently under construction and the plans are to make a handicapped accessible trail with stunning views. If you plan on hiking the Cliff Trail, just be forewarned that you should familiarize yourself with the trail options and plan accordingly. You wouldn’t want to unknowingly end up on the trail too late in the day and be hiking in the dark. Also don’t be surprised if you end up at the recycling center next to a mound of broken toilets and sinks and other cast off “clean” debris.
Written November 15, 2021
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RudieMO
46 contributions
Worth the trouble!
Oct 2021 • Couples
This was not an easy stroll kind of hike. I was getting cocky about halfway and saying to my husband, “Look at me, I’m a hiker! No one will believe it!” But a mere 10 minutes later I was saying, “How far is it to the stupid overlook?!” The view was worth it and I’m glad we did it. It was a nice hike with a great view. Lots of tree roots to walk over so be careful. I saw people of all ages enjoying the trail.
Written October 11, 2021
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Sailorgirl619
Bedford, NH74 contributions
I have to be honest...
Sep 2020 • Solo
OK...I’m going post an honest (though slightly embarrassing) review here. I set out to hike the Cliff Trail alone on a gorgeous Saturday. I’d read the reviews and was prepared for the tree roots and moderate challenge. What I didn’t bargain for was the narrowness of trail as it paralleled the Cliff. Being alone and feeling unsure, I opted to turn back. It was extremely disappointing. I never saw any fairy houses. Never got to see the view. Evidently there are two approaches to the overlook and I was on the more difficult one. I personally wouldn’t feel comfortable taking small children the way that I went! The trail is well marked with the exception of a few places. I’ll definitely try again, map in hand, if I return to the area. On the positive side, the woods are pretty and it was a glorious day to enjoy the outdoors!
Written September 27, 2020
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yanks105
Unity, ME314 contributions
A fantastic trail with Fairies too
Sep 2020 • Couples
We found this trail in one of our hiking books and knew that it was going to be great! A beautiful trail through the woods the terrain not too rough and the trail relatively easy some climbing involved. The views up at the top were absolutely spectacular! One of the best parts of the trail is seeing the little fairy houses along the way. It was the perfect late summer afternoon hike for us absolutely recommend it to all.
Written September 12, 2020
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pepelevoo
Concord, NH346 contributions
Great hike with views
Aug 2020
Nice long trail that has scenic views and is not too challenging. Follow the markings at the end to cross the landfill to the town lot
Written August 2, 2020
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Anne689
Livermore, CA278 contributions
Beautiful views
Jul 2020 • Couples
We thoroughly enjoyed this hike thru the forest and along the cliffs for gorgeous water views. The hike was a bit more difficult than we expected. Heavily root covered trail. The uphill and downhill parts of the trail were short but very steep. Elevation was not gradual. Trail were well marked
Written July 24, 2020
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LST2323
Potsdam, NY172 contributions
Great hike, gorgeous view from the cliff
Oct 2019
This was a nice, clearly marked hike through the woods. It felt like you were away from it all - not much road noise, not overly crowded, etc. There were lots of roots and a couple of hills, but nothing that I wouldn't expect in woods like this. The added bonus of the fairy house section was really cool. I had the dog with me and it was a great walk for both of us.
Written December 22, 2019
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SUGARPEE
Rhode Island64 contributions
Lovely balsam smell
Sep 2019
Tree roots are everywhere, you do need to be cautious, as one could easily turn an ankle. The smell of balsams is lovely. Some nice views, well maintained pathways and clearly marked.
Written October 5, 2019
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candycom2
Skillman, NJ22 contributions
Good exercise hike with some views
Aug 2019
A good exercise hike for sure. Given that tree roots abound on the trail, wearing hiking boots was helpful. Also, this is probably not recommended for young children. There were a few nice views, but if you want better ones, please try Bates/Morse Mountain in Phippsburg, ME.
Written September 24, 2019
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MasterMaineGuide
Brunswick, ME503 contributions
Fun with character rewarded with a view
Aug 2019 • Friends
The beginning of the trail doesn't fit the name if you leave from the Public Safety offices parking lot. You're walking by salt marshes. Follow the curvy trail noticing the changes in flora and fauna and after a short rock climb enjoy the view. Great time to have a snack. Retrace your track or follow the trail to end by the recycling center after walking by Long Cove. Build a fairy house while on this trip or admire those already made.
Written August 19, 2019
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