One of our favorite facts about Maine is that the coast is actually longer than that of California! How is that possible? If you look at a map you’ll notice all the craggy ins and outs that make up the coastal areas. These inlets feel so unique to the state and they also make for a lot more land than you might expect. With all of that coast, it’s not surprising that there are so many great places to search for seashells. One of our favorites is a state park just a bit north of Portland and while you can’t take them with you, it’s so much fun to find the shells at low tide! This is one of the best shell beaches in Maine.

Popham Beach State Park is one of the best shell beaches in Maine and is open year-round from 9 a.m. to sunset. Always respect posted notices and if the park is closed for some reason, plan on coming back another day. Also, remember that nothing natural can be removed from a state park, so you’ll need to find the shells and let them go.

To learn more about visiting check out the Popham Beach State Park website. There are three trails to explore in the park. There is the beach itself to explore, The Spirit Pond Preserve, and the Perkins Farm Trail. You can check them all out, and for more great trails throughout the state, consider All Trails+.

The Perkins Farm Trail leads to Fort Balwin, which is an abandoned fort in the woods and is a blast to explore. While you are in the park, also don’t forget to visit the iconic Fort Popham. Check out more from this video by Adventuring in the Moment:

If you’d like to take your shells home, there’s another great place to visit. East End Beach in Maine is absolutely paradise if you love hunting for seashells!

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