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. Very 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: A 1.5 mile stretch 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. Views of Cape Neddick Light (Nubble Lighthouse). York Trolley stop to/from Short Sands Beach. 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 at the gazebo. 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. York Trolley stop to/from Long Sands Beach. Shoreline Explorer Trolley stop to/from Ogunquit. 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.
Mount Agamenticus: Mount Agamenticus is set amidst a 13,000 acre expanse of intact forest in southern Maine and is one of the largest remaining unfragmented forests in coastal New England. The region is noted for its rich natural resources and outdoor recreational opportunities. The land encompasses vernal pools, drinking water reservoirs, abundant biodiversity, and a network of 40 miles of well maintained trails.
Year round activities include picnicking/sightseeing, birding, hiking, and mountain biking. A self guided StoryWalkTM can be picked up at the base and the pages can be followed along the Ring and Witch-hazel trails to the summit. Picnic tables, seasonal portable toilets, and decks offering spectacular views of distant mountains, inland ponds and the ocean are located at the summit. The Mount Agamenticus Learning Lodge, a converted summit ski lodge, is open to the general public on weekends from 11am-3pm from Memorial Day Weekend through Columbus Day Weekend. Inside you will find a variety of educational activities and displays for all ages.
The area is open year round during daylight hours. Donation tubes area available at the base trail head and by the summit kiosk. Larger groups are asked to register in advance. Parking and trail access can be found the base or a paved access road can be driven to the summit park. For more information including directions, rules, trail map, guided programs and how to register, visit www.agamenticus.org or call the conservation office: 207-361-1102
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.