Beaches & Parks
With stunning views and sweeping stretches of sand, Maine’s breathtaking coastline is truly one of nature’s gems. From expansive sandy beaches and rocky shorelines, to historic sites, walking trails, and lush parks, the beaches and parks of Greater York capture the spirit of Maine. Experience the beauty and history of Greater York’s beaches and parks.
Harbor Beach: Sheltered, sandy beach nestled against rocky shoreline. Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Limited parking, handicap accessible, walking trails, lifeguards, restrooms, and dogs/pets allowed at certain times. Call 207-363-1040 for more information.
Long Sands Beach: There are 1.5 miles of family-friendly sandy beach. Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Metered parking & private lots, handicap accessible, surfing allowed in designated areas, no shade, lifeguards, restrooms, raft & umbrella rentals, shops & food within walking distance, and dogs/pets allowed at certain times. Call 207-363-1040 for more information.
Short Sands Beach: Family-friendly sandy beach with large metered parking area & private lots, restrooms, outside showers, and playground & basketball courts. Limited shade. Summer evening concerts. Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Handicap accessible, lifeguards, shops & food within walking distance, benches along boardwalk, and dogs/pets allowed at certain times. Call 207-363-1040 for more information.
Passaconaway Beach (Cape Neddick Beach): Very small beach as low tide exposes sandbar & tidal pools. Very limited parking, no facilities, and no shade. Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. Dogs/pets allowed at certain times. Call 207-363-1040 for more information. Click for information about the animal restrictions on public beaches in the town of York, see page 5 of 7.
Mount Agamenticus: Mount Agamenticus is noted for its large intact forest, biological richness, and as a recreational destination point for over 30,000 area residents and regional visitors annually. Mount Agamenticus is also the heart of five watersheds that provide drinking water for southern York County residents. The mountain and the surrounding area provide residents and visitors with an ideal location for hiking, biking and sightseeing. Please follow these important guidelines: Carry out what you carry in. Please don’t litter. Trash receptacles are not provided. Use trails for their designated uses; respect others on the trail. Stay on open trails; don’t cut switchbacks or clear new trails. Wetlands and vernal pools are fragile; please don’t disturb. Do not cut, dig or collect any plant life, animal life or cultural artifacts. No camping or campfires. Please respect private property. Pets must be on a leash. Pet owners are responsible for carrying out and properly disposing their pet’s waste. Area is open year-round from dawn until dusk. It takes a lot of work and resources to care for this land. Donations tubes are available at the base trail head and by the summit kiosk and your contribution is greatly appreciated. Call 207-361-1102. For directions: www.agamenticus.org
KITTERY, ELIOT AND SOUTH BERWICK:
Fort Foster: Fort Foster was originally built in the early 1900’s and was an active fortress manned during World War II. It is now owned and operated by the town of Kittery as a public recreation, picnic and beach facility. Fort Foster offers views of Whaleback Light, Portsmouth Harbor Light and Fort Constitution; explore the extensive trail system and old military fortifications. Leashed dogs are allowed, just make sure to obey the signs. Fort Foster is located on Pocahontas Road on Gerrish Island in Kittery Point. Open weekends in May and September and seven days a week between Memorial Day and Labor Day. A gate fee is charged. Call the Fort Foster Gate House (open seasonally) at 207-439-2181. Click here for information about Fort Foster
Fort McClary: Explore Fort McClary State Park located on Route 103 in Kittery, Maine. Fort McClary was named for New Hampshire native Major Andrew McClary who died at the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Bunker Hill. Fort McClary stands today as one of the state’s most important historic forts that dramatically preserves evidence of military history and changes in military architecture and technology. The buildings presently on the site represent several different periods of construction as the fort was upgraded and modified to meet the area’s defensive needs. The site was manned during five wars: The Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, Spanish-American War, and World War I. Like most other Maine forts, it saw little conflict. The fort provides great photo opportunities of Portsmouth Harbor Light and the old Portsmouth Naval Prison. A gate fee is charged. Call (207) 384-5160. Click here for more information about Fort McClary.
Eliot Boat Basin: Located on the Piscataqua River, the Boat Basin features a public boat launch as well as a pavilion (available for rental) and park area. The Boat Basin is sometimes referred to as “Dead Duck Landing” by locals. Fees are charged for the boat launch. Access the boat basin via Route 103 in Eliot; the address is 90 Hammond Lane. Call 207-451-9334. Click here for information about the Eliot Boat Basin.
Vaughan Woods: Go for a hike at Vaughan Woods State Park located at 28 Oldfields Road in South Berwick, Maine. Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park is a 250-acre forested tract along the scenic Salmon Falls River. The park includes picnic facilities and hiking trails through old-growth stands of pine and hemlock. Hiking is available on several trails that connect to make up one large loop, a system of 3+ miles. Visitors can walk shorter looping sections if they choose. There is a gate fee. Call the park (open seasonally) at 207-490-4079 or off season 207-624-6080. Click here for more information about Vaughan Woods.