Harkness Preserve

Photo courtesy of Sean Carnell

Spruce Street,

23 acres

1 mile loop, easy

Hiking, Birding, Snowshoeing

Trail Descriptions

ROCKPORT HARBOR OVERLOOK, QUIET STREAM, CHESTNUT SPROUTS This loop trail is a gentle walk suitable for young families. Two hand-built footbridges cross Ott Brook, a perennial stream that is rust-colored from tannic and humic acids from an upstream wetland.

Look for

- Stone seat that overlooks Rockport Harbor - This preserve’s last full-sized American chestnut trees died in 2010, but stump sprouts live on - Lime kiln chimney cap, a relic of Rockport Harbor’s lime kilns


From Camden, take Route 1 south, turning left onto Pascal Avenue. Turn right onto School Street, then turn right onto Spruce Street. About 100 yards up Spruce Street is the preserve parking, marked by a sign.


Named in honor of John Harkness, a Revolutionary War hero, who settled in Rockport. Donated in 1996 by Mary Cramer and The Nature Conservancy.

Additional Information

ADOPT-A-TRAIL SPONSORS Camden National Bank, Biscuit & Wally #harknesspreserve

Public Use

Dogs on leash.