The Harpswell Hiking Challenge will return on June 4 and 5 after a two-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Harpswell Recreation and the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust are excited to bring back this popular community event.

The full challenge consists of hiking eight predetermined trails in two days to earn a free T-shirt and a spot on the list of finishers. There will also be a shorter challenge for families and participants with mobility issues.

The challenge will coincide with the grand opening of Cliff Trail at 10:30 a.m. on June 4. In 2021, Cliff Trail was rehabbed to feature a 0.4-mile, smooth, flat, inclusive trail, suitable for users with limited mobility and those using mobility devices. With this project, Harpswell has become home to one of the Midcoast’s newest and most beautiful inclusive trails.

The project was made possible with a grant from the Recreational Trails Program, labor from the Maine Conservation Corps and volunteers, and donations from the community.

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