Sebasco Harbor Resort is nestled in the heart of Midcoast Maine’s best offerings. The Phippsburg peninsula, in particular, has numerous sandy beaches, scenic nature trails and secluded inlets and coves.
Popham Beach is one of the finest and longest sandy beaches in Maine. Once you've parked your car and walked the short distance to the beach, you'll find sand stretching to the right as far as the eye can see. Slightly to the left, a rocky outcropping, which is interesting to explore, is reachable at low tide. Keep your eye on the incoming tide and don't get caught on this little island when the tide starts to turn. To the left of this outcropping, at the mouth of the Kennebec River, is Pond Island, a ten-acre island with a lighthouse built in 1855 to replace the older lighthouse built in 1821.
From Sebasco: Turn right onto Sebasco Road and then right onto Route 209. Route 209 bears a hard left in less than one mile. Follow signs to the park. It’s about 6 miles.
Mid April - October 30, Fee Charged
529 acres: spacious sand beach, bathhouses, freshwater rinse-off showers, picnic area with charcoal grills, trails and wildlife watching. Fort Popham is two miles further south on Route 209.
Popham Beach State Park
10 Perkins Farm Lane
Phippsburg, ME 04562
Park Season: (207) 389-1335
Tide and Parking Hotline: (207) 389-9125
This 88 acre gem was originally part of Sebasco Harbor Resort and the site of our weekly lobsterbakes. The Town of Phippsburg purchased it several years ago and provided an easement to the Phippsburg Land Trust for public use*.
The jewel of the preserve is an undeveloped beach which is reached by road or by parking in the first lot and taking a short trail (somewhat rugged) to the west end of the beach. The North Creek Trail, a one mile loop along the serene creek begins at the east end of the beach near the parking area. Bird life, wild mushrooms and other flora abound in this preserve. [courtesy of the PLT]
*Please note: This preserve is restricted to Phippsburg taxpayers and their guests. Guests of Sebasco Harbor Resort may obtain a pass from the Concierge.
From Sebasco: Turn right onto Sebasco Road. Turn right on first paved road “West Point Rd”. Preserve is on the left. Steep road leads to the first parking area and proceeds to beach and second parking area.
Head Beach – Small Point
The nearby village of Small Point is the site of a beautiful sandy beach that is privately owned, but open to the public during the summer months.
At 325+ yards of sandy beach, Head Beach is one of the largest privately owned sand beaches in the state of Maine. Protected by ledges on either side, the current is generally mild with small waves.
Beach hours are from 9am to 8pm, and there is a parking fee for non-registered guests. Access from the parking lot is a short walk over the dunes. Pets are not allowed. There are restrooms available on the parking side of the dunes.
From Sebasco: Turn right onto Sebasco Road. Turn right onto Route 209. Route 209 turns into Route 216 in less than one mile. Continue straight on Route 216 about 3 miles. Entrace in on your right.
Reid State Park - Georgetown
This is a good family beach and a haven for naturalists. Reid boasts an interesting mix of coastal habitats. Swimmers and anglers have their pick of beaches. Two stretches, Half-Mile Beach and Mile Beach, face the chilly surf of the open Atlantic. Another beach fronts on a sheltered, shallow saltwater lagoon that children enjoy.
But there's more than beach. The four miles of trails include boardwalks across the sand dunes and wooded paths excellent for hiking and cycling. Though be advised, the mosquitoes are fierce here in the summer.
The birding is especially rich at Reid State Park. Water dwellers include black ducks, mallards, common mergansers, eiders, buffleheads and loons. In spring, the dune grass and wild roses are alive with fluttering and chirping. Anglers frequent Reid when the striped bass are running.
Amenities include bathhouses and snack bars at the Todd's Point and Griffith Head ends of Mile Beach.
Abbreviated directions: Up the Phippsburg peninsula to Bath, North over the Route 1 Bridge, 13 miles south down the Georgetown peninsula.
From Sebasco: Right onto Sebasco Road and left onto Route 209. Follow Route 209 until you cross a small bridge, the Winnegance General Store will be on your left. Approximately ½ mile after the store, take a right onto Webber Avenue (which turns into Washington St.) At the traffic lights, at the end of Bath Iron Works stay in the far right lane and turn right and continue up the ramp onto Route 1 and the bridge. Just over the bridge take exit for Route 127 south. Follow that 13 miles and watch for signs on your right.
Open all year round, Fee Charged
Visitors will find ample picnic areas, most with charcoal grills, a snack bar, and bathhouses with freshwater showers and flush toilets. Park facilities include two snack bars (in summer), picnic areas with tables and charcoal grills, and bathhouses with flush toilets and unheated freshwater showers. A group shelter is available by reservation.
Reid State Park
375 Seguinland Road
Georgetown, ME 04548