Popham Beach State Park, located on the tip of Phippsburg Peninsula in Sagadahoc County, is one of the most beautiful and family-friendly beaches in Maine. This three-mile beach is bordered on each end by the mouths of the Kennebec and Morse Rivers, and is a prime location for summer relaxation.
The best time to go is when the tide is out—there is plenty of space for creating your own little haven of beach umbrella and picnic blanket, and stretching out for some sunbathing. There are small tidepools left in the sand, creating perfect areas for children to splash around in; and adventurous families will be able to make the short trek out to Fox Island. Keep an eye on the tides, though, as more than one person has lingered too long and become marooned there in the past!
Popham Beach is an excellent place for beachcombers. There are abundant beautiful shells, as well as occasional deposits of sand dollars and horseshoe crabs. Kite flying and swimming are also popular, and the facilities there are excellent, including a picnic tables, charcoal pits, and a bath house with freshwater showers. A lifeguard is on duty during the summer months.
Sightseeing is also a popular and fun thing to do, both at the park and in the areas just outside of it. Two miles up the road from the entrance of the state park is Fort Popham, a Civil War-era fort that kids will enjoy exploring. The beach there is also quite beautiful, and visitors are allowed to bring their pets along as long as they clean up after them. Fishing is quite popular on this side of Popham Beach, and so is swimming, although the water is not nearly as shallow as it is on the state park side. The upside, though, is that it doesn’t cost anything to go to the Fort beach, although parking is limited. On the opposite side of the cove from Fort Popham are the remains of Fort Baldwin, which was constructed from 1905 to 1912, and was intended to replace the Civil War-era Fort Popham, although both were used during World War I. This is a great hike for adventurous kids, who will enjoy exploring the abandoned concrete structures.
Popham Beach State Park and the surrounding area provides an authentic Maine experience for both adventurers and those looking for a little rest and relaxation. Come and see for yourself…the ocean awaits you!