East Point Sanctuary Trail

Saco, Maine

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Although this Audubon Sanctuary is relatively small at a mere 30 acres, the views it offers are big and sweeping. The trail passes by rocky cliffs and pebble beaches as it wraps around the tip of East Point at the very tip of Biddeford Pool. Along the way you will be serenaded by the sounds of waves crashing and birds calling. The wide path is easily navigated by young children who are sure to be awed by the sights and sounds along the way. And what would a hike along Maine’s coast be without a lighthouse? On the northern side of the trail, you will have unobstructed views of Wood Island Lighthouse, which has a fascinating history and is even said to be haunted.
Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

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Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

by Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr (The Mountaineers Books)

Although this Audubon Sanctuary is relatively small at a mere 30 acres, the views it offers are big and sweeping. The trail passes by rocky cliffs and pebble beaches as it wraps around the tip of East Point at the very tip of Biddeford Pool. Along the way you will be serenaded by the sounds of waves crashing and birds calling.

The wide path is easily navigated by young children who are sure to be awed by the sights and sounds along the way. And what would a hike along Maine’s coast be without a lighthouse? On the northern side of the trail, you will have unobstructed views of Wood Island Lighthouse, which has a fascinating history and is even said to be haunted.

© 2007 Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Saco
Length: 0.8
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Maine Audubon Society
Local Maps: USGS Biddeford Pool
Topo Map: East Point Sanctuary Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

4/9/2016

Wow. THE TRAIL IS BACK!!!! I've been going here for years in winter, just to see Mt. Washington on clear days. The views of Saco Bay are awesome, and the rocky shore is as good as any in Maine. But in recent years the trail had become essentially impassable. It was grown over with huge thorn bushes, poison sumac, poison ivy, brambles, etc. You could not walk all the way to the end, and people have obviously created several herd paths throughout the property. But Audubon has slowly been clearing the trail all winter, and it is now a showpiece! It loops all the way to the end before the mouth of The Gut, and meanders bcd toward the Chapel without going over the neighboring houses' property. Thank you Audubon for investing so much in this treasure! You had neglected the East Point Trail for so long, I thought it was lost forever.

11/12/2012
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