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.

Easy trail...many moms with strollers. The reward of the beach at the end makes it well worth it. The summit view is pretty, but not the most awesome "wow" view for a summit. Overall, well worth the hike.

Beautiful view! I would say this is quite a hike through the woods. Saw a bunch of wildlife on the way. Will sure be back soon!

2 mi loop. 3 mi to see everything. Plenty of deer & ospreys in the area. Everywhere in the forest you'll hear the roar of some distant rolling surf. Beautiful views of Dam, Marsh, & Ocean.

Beautiful summit view of the ocean and the beach is an absolute gem. The “trail” is just a road fluctuating between dirt & pavement. The terrain is easy, the incline is a good workout, especially since it’s out & back so you have to climb the mountain twice. I’ll be back

Great walk! Leads right to an amazing beach!

on Popham Beach

walking
3 months ago

family favorite

An unseasonable warm December day for an amazing hike with great photo opportunities. Highly recommended!

Amazing hike on a Nature Conservancy property. The hike inlcuded woods, a salt marsh, and spectacularly secluded beach. I met an Ornithologist and we identified and counted migratory birds. He taught me a lot about gulls and seals too. What a fantastic experience! I recommend this hidden gem for all.

hiking
5 months ago

I really liked this hike a lot because we met a local lobster fisherman, toured old Fort Popham, walked the beach, went swimming in the ocean, ate a good lunch, and took a ferry to Seguin Island.

An easy mountain to conquer on your way to the gorgeous view of Sewall Beach! Bring your bugspray or be prepared to feed bugs in some spots. Loved the mossy woods on the way in ~ reminds me of a great staging for fairy land. Plenty of rocks on the beach for kids to climb. Sadly, no bathrooms at either end of the trail. One of my favorite local hidden treasures!

Gorgeous here!

Only two parking spaces. Super easy hike. Nice water views

You can walk to the Island when the water parts and find a bunch of Sand Dollars. Absolutely Beautiful. The fort at the end is something you want to adventure down towards

Great photography ops! Love this trail.

We love it!

Quiet, beautiful and makes for a lovely walk in the snow

Excellent trail. Definitely not easy as listed. Very steep hills but so worth it when you get to the beach. Just amazing!!! But bring bug spray!!!!!

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

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.

A gorgeous combination of summit to shore. Easy hike. Manageable even for those who are visiting and not in the best shape. First hiked it on May 29, 1994.

hiking
Saturday, April 22, 2017

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.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Employee at the parking lot turned us away, extremely rude, saying that the lot was full, and then I happened to overhear him saying to the car behind us that he saw a spot that he could squeeze them into.

walking
Wednesday, February 22, 2017

From Brunswick at the end of July, we took our first day-trip to Popham State Park, located at the end of the Bath peninsula, by taking a right turn just before crossing the bridge at US-1 onto 209S at Bath. After paying the $5 fee, we surveyed the pristine beach close to low tide. This is the beach where Message in a Bottle was filmed, starring Kevin Costner. We walked along the beach, which was not very crowded. The water was cold and numbed our feet. We waded a ways and noticed that as the tide went out, the rocky island was more accessible. We waded right on across and didn't get wet past our thighs. The water was refreshing, and the rocks were easy to climb (maybe will take water shoes next time as rocks are sharp).

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