Natural beauty with miles of coastline, narrow peninsulas, and myriad islands.

Welcome to Harpswell

Scenic coastal summer getaway
Tucked within Casco Bay in the Gulf of Maine, Harpswell’s natural beauty with miles of coastline, narrow peninsulas, and myriad islands has made it a hotspot for travelers. Massive houses line its shorelines, exhibiting remarkable architecture and quality craftsmanship reflected in the high market values for the town’s real estate. 

What to Love

  • Active lifestyle supported by the scenic landscape and outdoor trails
  • Quiet woodlands perfect for a rejuvenating second home
  • Historic properties with quintessential coastal charm

Local Lifestyle

Harpswell is one of Maine’s hidden gems. With less than 5,000 permanent residents, this Casco Bay community is a tranquil escape from the rigorous urban tempo and a retreat into nature. Here, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to explore the stunning landscape, whether hiking the trails or kayaking the coastal waters. 

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

If you’re looking for a classic seafood restaurant with panoramic views in Harpswell, look no further than Dolphin Marina & Restaurant. Serving plates of steamed lobster, sauteed mussels, and seafood lasagna, guests savor their meals near windows overlooking Casco Bay and the Calendar Islands. The Schoolhouse 1913 is a popular venue for private parties, where modern dining meets old-school allure. Place an order for fresh Maine oysters delivered to your doorstep from the beautiful, family-owned Dingley Cove Oysters, and stop by Allen’s Seafood for live lobsters, crabs, and quahogs. The newly opened Iris Eats is a comfy stop for gourmet pastries and delicacies.

Things to Do

Start an adventure with one of the most popular trails in Harpswell — Cliff Trail, a rugged path with spectacular views from the cliffs, scenic creeks, and preserved forest. Both kids and adults can tap into some creative fun at the Fairy House zones along the trail. 
Once a working farm, Bowdoin College’s Schiller Coastal Studies Center is now a preserved wildlife habitat with 118-acres of coastal spruce-pine forests utilized by the college for research. The construction of new on-site facilities has significantly increased the prospects for students and researchers studying the local ecosystem by adding spaces for classes and conferences.
Hike to Mitchell Field with friends for a swim in the clear blue waters, or cycle along the paved paths as you take in the natural surroundings and majestic Mount Washington in the distance. Locals can relax on the gravel beach at Stovers Point Preserve. Wander through the pines and apple trees along Devil’s Back Trail, or go for a casual shore walk on the Giant’s Stairs Trail.

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Overview for Harpswell, ME

4,146 people live in Harpswell, where the median age is 58 and the average individual income is $66,080. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

58 years

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Demographics and Employment Data for Harpswell, ME

Harpswell has 1,967 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Harpswell do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 4,146 people call Harpswell home. The population density is 195.128 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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45.25 / 54.75%

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Schools in Harpswell, ME

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The following schools are within or nearby Harpswell. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Harpswell Coastal Academy Division 1
5th - 8th
Harpswell Coastal Academy Divisions 2 and 3
9th - 12th
No rating available
Harpswell Community School
K - 5th

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