Goose Rocks Beach Walk

Cape Porpoise, Maine

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A wide, pristine, fine-sand crescent beach overlooking nearby rocky islands, Batson’s River, and the Smith Brook estuary. The meeting of river and ocean waters in this estuary behind the beach carries valuable nutrients to plants, animals, and birds. The Batson’s River–Smith Brook estuary attracts nesting birds, including swallows that dart and swoop into holes in the silty banks. Most species of small, sleek swallows reside near water in some form—lakes, streams, swamps, and marshes— where they feed on insects. On this end of the beach the swallows fly to and fro from their mud-hole nests in the riverbank. Special Features: Audubon piping plover and tern exclosures, riparian estuary and 2-mile ocean beach, and many seabirds on rocky islands just offshore.
Nature Walks along the Seacoast: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, & Maine

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Nature Walks along the Seacoast: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, & Maine

by Julia Older & Steve Sherman (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

A wide, pristine, fine-sand crescent beach overlooking nearby rocky islands, Batson’s River, and the Smith Brook estuary. The meeting of river and ocean waters in this estuary behind the beach carries valuable nutrients to plants, animals, and birds. The Batson’s River–Smith Brook estuary attracts nesting birds, including swallows that dart and swoop into holes in the silty banks.

Most species of small, sleek swallows reside near water in some form—lakes, streams, swamps, and marshes— where they feed on insects. On this end of the beach the swallows fly to and fro from their mud-hole nests in the riverbank. Special Features: Audubon piping plover and tern exclosures, riparian estuary and 2-mile ocean beach, and many seabirds on rocky islands just offshore.

©  Julia Older & Steve Sherman/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Cape Porpoise
Distance: 1
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Best spring through fall
Driving Directions: Directions to Goose Rocks Beach Walk

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Apr 2018