A DYNAMIC AND CHANGING LANDSCAPE - Sand movement and beach dynamics have had a dramatic effect on Popham Beach, causing extreme shoreline change and dune erosion. Please refer to the BEACH ADVISORY CALENDAR to plan your next visit to Popham Beach State Park. Dates listing a Beach Advisory have a high tide during peak hours resulting in very little beach space during busy times. Bordering the south side of the mouth of the Kennebec River, Popham Beach State Park is truly one of Maine's rare geologic landforms that features a long stretch of sand beach. Sunbathers relaxing on Popham's sands can see Fox and Wood islands offshore, and the Kennebec and Morse rivers border each end of the beach. Visitors can walk to Fox Island at low tide, but are warned to pay attention to the rising tides not to get marooned. The rolling Atlantic surf draws thousands of swimmers and surfers alike, and shell collecting is a pasttime of many a sea side stroller. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months, but beachgoers should note that this is a strong surf beach with undertows and occasional rip tides. Swimmers should swim within their abilities and near the lifeguard. Call the Popham Beach State Park's Hotline during the summer for current tide and parking information: (207) 389-9125. Surfers can visit www.maineharbors.com for tide information and should add 9 minutes to the Portland chart for Popham Beach high and low tide data. Popham's cultural and social history is still being uncovered. Excavations of the Popham settlement of 1607 and Fort George continue each summer.

A really nice, easy hike rewarded by a beautiful beach with fantastic waves. Glad I read previous reviews about both bringing bug spray AND arriving before 10 for parking. We arrived at 10:02 and got one of the last spots. As we were starting our hike cars were already being turned away. -- Also note there are no bathroom or changing facilities at trailhead or beach.

Short hike to beautiful beach on a gravel road.

Nice easy hike with the kids. The beach was huge and very pretty. The kids had a great time looking for shells in the surf. They found over a dozen sand dollars. The greenheads and mosquitoes were out of control, so bug spray really is a must.

Easygoing packed gravel out-and-back road/trail through shady pine woods that leads to a pristine ocean beach. Small detour from trail offers lovely high altitude vista of salt marshes and river in the distance. There is a bit of a hill 1/2 mile long going out and returning. No bathroom facilities available. Parking is limited and active Conservancy volunteer will turn you away to avoid overcrowding of cars. We went in late July (high summer season) and were turned away briefly- just drove down road, u-turned and returned, and a carload of hikers or two had left, so we got a spot.

Always a good time.
Easy hike - incredible beach - never crowded.

Very nice easy hike with a spectacular ocean view.

was very difficult to find, the trail sign should be up by the road. not set back..
but it was beautiful. my dogs had a blast

walking
1 month ago

This mostly gravel and paved trail is a fun 1/4 day hike. Be sure to bring bug repellent or long sleeves. There can be mosquitoes some days, notably at the beginning of the trail. Seawall Beach at the end, during low tide, is amazing and expansive. That's why my map looks like I'm walking in the ocean.

Pro tip: plan on arriving before 10am if you want to be able to guarantee a place to park and enter. Once the lot is full, the park attendant will have to ask you to leave and come back later or on another day to try your luck. I think the lot holds 20-30 cars at most. If you meet Don, he's like a young Jack Nicholson.

If you're looking for a quick 1/4 day hike it is great! Little disappointing that you cannot get to the true summit or Morse Mountain secondary to private homes but still a good view and private beach to descend to.