One of Maine’s most unique state parks.
Located in the township of Roque Bluffs in Washington County, Maine, a truly unique state park exists. Roque Bluffs State Park, which encompasses 274 acres on Schoppee Point, is one of Maine’s most unusual natural areas.
Making this area so different is Roque Bluffs State Park Beach sand/pebble beach which is the result of a glacial moraine that helped carve out the beach many thousands of years ago. This beach is one of the most popular of all beaches in the state and every year it draws in people from around the world.
Another natural feature that draws people to the park is its 60-acre Simpson Pond, a beautiful low lying pond which also has a beach of its own. Simpson Pond is home to many different types of fish and water fowl. Bird watching is one of the most frequent activities in which people take part in the park area because of its abundant bird population. Even the majestic American bald eagle calls Roque Bluffs State Park its home. So if you are a bird lover, make sure to bring your camera because you are sure to see your fair share of them here.
Roque Bluffs State Park hiking is some of the best in the state and visitors will find a 6 mile network of trails that extends throughout the entire park area. Hikers will enjoy lovely views of the park, and the trail network is a great chance to get away from the rest of the crowd and spend some alone time. Families love the trail system because it gives kids something fun to do while vacationing at the park. Remember to bring along lunch while on the trail because there are ample picnic tables spread out all over.
Fishing and boating is another great way to enjoy Roque Bluffs State Park and Simpson Pond is a great place to do both. The pond has a wide variety of fish and anglers love to catch them in the summer months. During the winter, the pond is a great location to catch bait fish for using in other areas of the park. If you don’t have a boat of your own to enjoy, you don’t have to worry because the park rents kayaks for a day use in Simpson Pond. For those of you with your own boats, a boat ramp is provided so that you will have access to Englishman’s Bay for some of the area’s best fishing locations.
For those of you with children there is a really nice and well maintained playground for your kids to have some real fun. Restrooms and picnic tables are also located in this area of the park for your convenience. There are also three parking areas that are centrally located throughout so that visitors can have easy access to all areas of the park.
So if you are looking for a diverse and unique state park to enjoy this summer, why not come see what Roque Bluffs State Park can offer you? Bring the family and spend the day on the water or one of the trails in this amazing natural area of Maine.