Reid State Park

Georgetown, Maine

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Explore a long stretch of sand beach, quiet coastal forests, and wildlife-rich wetlands on this pleasant walk through one of Maine’s most popular state parks. Reid State Park, at the mouth of Sheepscot Bay on the southeastern tip of Georgetown Island, holds the honor as Maine’s first state-owned saltwater beach. Local resident and businessman Walter E. Reid donated the land in 1946 for preservation. The 766-acre park is home to Mile Beach and Half Mile Beach, two of Maine’s most beautiful sand beaches and rare natural gems on this rocky stretch of Maine’s Midcoast. The beaches and the barrier dunes protecting them are home to endangered least terns and piping plovers and serve as resting and feeding areas for many other shorebirds.
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)

Explore a long stretch of sand beach, quiet coastal forests, and wildlife-rich wetlands on this pleasant walk through one of Maine’s most popular state parks.

Reid State Park, at the mouth of Sheepscot Bay on the southeastern tip of Georgetown Island, holds the honor as Maine’s first state-owned saltwater beach. Local resident and businessman Walter E. Reid donated the land in 1946 for preservation. The 766-acre park is home to Mile Beach and Half Mile Beach, two of Maine’s most beautiful sand beaches and rare natural gems on this rocky stretch of Maine’s Midcoast. The beaches and the barrier dunes protecting them are home to endangered least terns and piping plovers and serve as resting and feeding areas for many other shorebirds.

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

Activity Type: Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Georgetown
Distance: 4.7
Elevation Gain: 345 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Skiing
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Reid State Park (parksandlands.com; 207-371-2303)
Local Maps: USGS Boothbay Harbor; Maine Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 7 (DeLorme); mainetrailfinder.com
Driving Directions: Directions to Reid State Park

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Apr 2018