Distance: 5.5 miles total with a short drive between the trailheads
Location: Brooklin, Maine. 100 Acre Woods is on High Street and Harriman Point Preserve is on Harriman Point Rd.
Parking: The parking area for 100 Acre Woods has a small sign that sits low and is easy to miss. It can hold maybe three cars. The parking area for Harriman Point sits across the road from the trailhead and is ample for probably 6-8 cars if parked properly. Both have kiosks with good information.
Use: Good for hiking, running, snowshoeing. Biking is possible on Hundred Acre Woods.
Wildlife: It’s likely you will could deer in either location. The 100 Acre Woods is much more remote and dense and more likely to hold wildlife especially birds. Many of the info plaques offer information on birds that could be seen there.
Wilderness Experience: Brooklin is not a densely populated area. It’s a small coastal town with quiet back roads. That being said neither or these trails are really remote. The 100 Acres Woods loop definitely feels more removed from civilization. It resides in mostly thick forest and you never really hear cars once you leave the parking lot. The Harriman Point Preserve crosses through private property nearby several houses and roads. The trail to the beach is wide and well used so you’re likely to encounter people and see a few houses as you go.
Trail: 100 Acres Woods is flat trail with easy footing. You cross a few flat bare rock sections, but most is wooded, soft pine needles. There are many informational plaques that describe local trees, shrubs, plants, flowers and birds along the trail. There are a few wet areas covered in board walks and couple more that could use a board walk so wear waterproof shoes
The Harriman Point Preserve initially wanders through a wet, wooded area with boardwalks. It’s a short section prior to entering a wide, flat old road that leads to a fork leading to the east and west beaches. Both quarter mile forks at the end are easy trails through fields and woods. There is no elevation on either preserve.
Summit: You do not gain any elevation on either preserve. The view in 100 Acres Woods is of nature itself. There is no ocean or mountain view. The Harriman Point Preserve has nice ocean views to the east of Acadia National Park including Cadillac Mt and Bernard Mt.