Maine Nature November 21, 2020
Winter In Maine Might Actually Be The Best Time To Hit The Beach With These 8 Beautiful Coastal Strolls
Here in Maine, there’s nothing sadder than packing up the beach chairs and putting away the bathing suits at the end of August. In fact, a lot of us endure the harsh winters just for the few months of beach days we get every year. But, this year instead of crying into our sand pails we’ve tried to find new ways to make sure we’re enjoying the coast. And these walks are perfect!
1. Ocean Path Trail, Acadia National Park
One of the most beloved coastal trails in the state, Ocean Path in Acadia offers those quintessential rocky views we've all come to expect in Maine. The route is about 2.2 miles each way and leads to Thunder Hole, Monument Cove and Otter Cliffs. You can learn more about it by
2. Bluffs Area Trails, Roque Bluffs State Park, Roque Bluffs
This out-of-the-way state park offers some of the most relaxing walks in the state. This looped trail is about 2 miles and includes views of the forest and the water.
3. Crescent Beach State Park, Cape Elizabeth
A great beach in the summer, things here are even more lovely when the weather gets cold. The park offers trails that meander through coastal forests and saltwater coves. The network is over 2 miles which will keep you busy for a while. Be sure to make your way to the beach and cap off your adventure with seaside views.
4. Spring Point Shoreway, South Portland
This short 1-mile walk (one way) offers beautiful views of Casco Bay. The route runs from Fisherman's Point towards Willard Beach and includes attractions like Bug Light Park. The route will take you through the campus of Southern Maine Community College, too. Keep an eye out for Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse and Fort Preble, too!
5. Ferry Beach State Park, Saco
Ferry Beach State Park is just 2 miles from the center of Old Orchard Beach, making it a great place to visit in the summer. But we think the winter is even better! With virtually no crowds views that go on for days, the trails here are perfect. Try the Ferry Beach, Camp Ellis Breakwater trail which will lead you right to the waves!
6. Reid State Park, Georgetown
The 3.5-mile loop trail in one of Maine's most beautiful state parks offers the views that visitors to the state expect to see. Lucky for those who live here that things are
much quieter here in the winter. The views are sweeping and the trail is relatively flat.
7. Old Orchard Beach
During the summer it's virtually impossible to find parking here, but in the winter things are wide open! And that's why we think simply strolling along the sand here is a great way to enjoy the outdoors. There might not be a formal trail, but make your way from the pier and back and you'll have enjoyed some of the best of the Maine outdoors.
8. Barrier Beach Trail at Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, Wells
Wells Reserve is just one of the many coastal walks to enjoy in Wells. But, it's also one of our favorites! The Barrier Beach Trail is flat and leads straight to the beach! To learn more about it
What are your favorite coastal walks in Maine? Let us all know in the comments so we can share in the fun. Another great thing about Maine? The sunrises!
The early bird gets the views at these 7 magnificent places to watch the sun rise in Maine. Address: Ocean Path Trailhead, Bar Harbor, ME 04609, USA Address: Roque Bluffs State Park, 145 Schoppee Point Rd, Roque Bluffs, ME 04654, USA Address: Crescent Beach State Park, 109 Bowery Beach Rd, Cape Elizabeth, ME 04107, USA Address: Spring Point Shoreway Trail, South Portland, ME 04106, USA Address: Ferry Beach State Park, 95 Bayview Rd, Saco, ME 04072, USA Address: Reid State Park, 375 Seguinland Rd, Georgetown, ME 04548, USA Address: Old Orchard Beach, ME, USA Address: 342 Laudholm Farm Rd, Wells, ME 04090, USA