Houghton Graves Park

Location Information

Organization Name: 
Harpswell Heritage Land Trust
Location Entrance:
Harpswell Islands Road at intersection with Lowell's Cove Road on Orr's Island
Orr's Island, Harpswell, ME 04066
Easy (Mostly level terrain with the likeliness to encounter few, if any, obstacles)
Primary Walking Surface:
Days & Hours of Operation: 
Open year round, dawn to dusk only.
Suitable for Ages:
Children • Teenagers • Adult • Senior
Number of walking routes:
Total walking route length:
0.25 miles

Location Description

Houghton Graves Park is a 3 acre 'pocket park' at the center of the village on Orr's Island. The entrance path runs past a cattail marsh to several paths leading to two picnic tables and down to the shore of Beal's Cove.  The picnic area at the south end of the park offers a lovely view to the north of Beal's Cove and Rat Island.  The northerly picnic table looks down through trees to the shore of the cove.  Beal's Cove flats out at low tide, but offers good swimming as the tide flows in over the sun-warmed flats.  On misty mornings, the shore of the cove can be a mysterious place.

Location Features

Meadow • Ocean • Rural • Vista • Woodland
Are stairs an option in the route?: 
Picnic area
Access restrictions: 
Pedestrian use only. No motor vehicles or bicycles. Carry in, carry out.  No open fires or camping.  Dogs must be on a leash. Scoop their poop.  No hunting or discharge of firearms.  Please respect the neighbor's privacy. 

How to Get There

Driving Directions:
From Cook's corner in Brunswick, take Rte 24 south into Harpswell.  The first bridge crosses ontl Great (Sebascodegan) Island.  The secon Bridge crosses onto Orr's Island.  Houghton Graves Park is located on the right about 4 miles south of the bridge across from the Lowell's Cove Road.  Park at the side of the road and enter the park along the south side of the split rail fence.

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