Saco Beach Loop

Saco, Maine

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Stroll along a sandy beach, hike through mixed woods and past salt marshes, and visit a rare tupelo swamp on this wonderfully diverse loop hike. Ferry Beach State Park is a 117-acre gem in Maine’s state park system. It features more than 1.5 miles of white sand beach fronting on the Atlantic Ocean and a pleasant network of five foot trails that offer 1.4 miles of hiking through mixed woods, including a rare tupelo swamp and a freshwater pond. By combining four of the park’s trails plus a walk along Ferry Beach with three trails in the Saco Bay Trails system (Atlantic Way, Plymouth Trail, and Vines Trail) as well as several short sections of paved road, you can enjoy a wonderfully diverse 4-mile loop hike.
AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast

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AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast

by Carey Michael Kish (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Stroll along a sandy beach, hike through mixed woods and past salt marshes, and visit a rare tupelo swamp on this wonderfully diverse loop hike.

Ferry Beach State Park is a 117-acre gem in Maine’s state park system. It features more than 1.5 miles of white sand beach fronting on the Atlantic Ocean and a pleasant network of five foot trails that offer 1.4 miles of hiking through mixed woods, including a rare tupelo swamp and a freshwater pond. By combining four of the park’s trails plus a walk along Ferry Beach with three trails in the Saco Bay Trails system (Atlantic Way, Plymouth Trail, and Vines Trail) as well as several short sections of paved road, you can enjoy a wonderfully diverse 4-mile loop hike.

© 2015 Carey Michael Kish/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Saco
Distance: 4.1
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: The park is open from April 1st through October 31st
Additional Use: Skiing
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Ferry Beach State Park (parksandlands.com; 207-283-0067 [in season], 207-287-3200 [off season])
Local Maps: USGS Biddeford; Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 3 (DeLorme); Saco Beach Loop (Saco Bay Trails)
Driving Directions: Directions to Saco Beach Loop

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