Johnson Field Preserve at Mackerel Cove

Harpswell, Maine
Nestled on the enchanting Bailey Island in Harpswell, Maine, the Johnson Field Preserve at Mackerel Cove is a coastal gem.
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Nestled on the enchanting Bailey Island in Harpswell, Maine, the Johnson Field Preserve at Mackerel Cove is a coastal gem that offers visitors a taste of quintessential New England beauty. Here, where the land meets the sea, you’ll find a place that celebrates the rugged charm of Maine’s coastline.

Mackerel Cove itself is a sight to behold, with its tranquil waters often adorned with boats of various kinds. From the hardworking fishing vessels that ply these waters year-round to the graceful sailboats and powerboats that come alive in the summer, the cove hums with maritime activity. At Johnson Field Preserve, you have a front-row seat to this maritime theater, where you can watch boats gently bobbing on the water against the backdrop of the sparkling harbor.

The preserve boasts a small, rocky beach that provides a refreshing respite on hot summer days. It’s an inviting spot to dip your toes in the cool seawater, or perhaps even enjoy a peaceful swim. The serene surroundings and salty breeze create the perfect ambiance for relaxation.

For those seeking a bit of open space to spread out and savor the coastal atmosphere, the large grassy area at Johnson Field Preserve is just the ticket. It’s an idyllic spot for picnics, where you can savor a meal while gazing out at the serene waters of Mackerel Cove. The preserve’s expansive lawn is also perfect for games and recreational activities, making it a versatile destination for visitors of all ages.

If you happen to arrive with a kayak or canoe in tow, you’re in luck. The preserve offers a convenient ramp for launching your watercraft, allowing you to embark on your own coastal adventure. Paddle along the picturesque shoreline, explore hidden coves, and immerse yourself in the natural beauty that surrounds you.

Finding a parking spot is a breeze at Johnson Field Preserve. Two spacious parking lots await just off Abner Point Road, providing easy access to the preserve’s amenities and, of course, those breathtaking views of Mackerel Cove.

For those seeking an authentic Maine experience, Johnson Field Preserve at Mackerel Cove is a destination that captures the essence of coastal living. Whether you’re drawn to the tranquil waters, the rugged shoreline, or the simple joys of a coastal picnic, this preserve offers a little slice of paradise on Bailey Island.


Address: 25 Abner Point Road, Harpswell, Maine
Place GPS Coordinates: 43.731588, -69.996671
Parking GPS Coordinates: 43.731588, -69.996671
Parking Notes: The Mackerel Cove Town Parking lot is located right at the cove and boasts many free parking spaces.

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