For a long overdue day out with the family, or a quiet reprieve from the stress of the week, enjoy the gorgeous beaches and the pristine habitats of some of natures finest members. Enjoy Hiking and Walking Trails and magnificent Lighthouses in Ogunquit, ME.
The 3.5 miles of pillowy sand covering the southern Maine oasis of Ogunquit is among the most immaculate stretches of coastline in New England, if not anywhere. Of course, it can be near impossible to appreciate, thanks to the throngs of lobster-red tourists that descend from French Canada and other points north. In-the-know beach nuts avoid the main strip altogether and head across town to this more secluded spot, reachable by a short hike along a plank-and-piling footbridge over the Ogunquit River.
Enjoy the 3 ½ miles of white sand beach voted among the 10 best beaches in the U.S. Access the Main Beach from Beach Street (center of town). The Main Beach offers public restrooms, beach chair, umbrella & float rentals, take out and indoor restaurants. Footbridge Beach offers a quieter alternative with access on Ocean Street (1 mile north of town center). Public restrooms are available at Footbridge Beach.
The white sands of Wells Beach extend from just beyond Moody Point in the south to Wells Harbor and the mouth of the Webhannet River in the north. The nearly three miles of continuous scenic oceanfront, bordered by sand dunes and sea grass, offer beach-goers plenty of opportunity for sunbathing, swimming and strolling. Near the south end of the beach (Crescent Beach) there is a gravel parking lot and stairway access to the sand. Summer cottages line the road that follows the undulating seawall and beach. At the village of Wells Beach near the beach’s midpoint there are restrooms, snack bars, gift shops and an arcade. An overlook with benches is a great place to relax and watch the seagulls aloft and the waves rolling in. Parking (fee) is available just west of the village crossroads and Wells is accessible by rail from Boston. At the north end of the beach there is parking (fee) and restrooms. Follow the wide sandy path along the enormous rock jetty to access the beach. Lifeguards patrol Wells Beach throughout the summer months.
Welcome to Nubble Light, also known as Cape Neddick Light Station. The park that overlooks this picturesque lighthouse is called Sohier Park, donated to the Town of York by William Davies Sohier. The lighthouse itself is not accessible to the public but can be photographed and enjoyed from our park. If you come to visit, please be sure to see the Welcome Center Gift Shop! Here we have many gifts you can purchase to remind you of your trip here.
186 York Street
Goat Island Light, Kennebunkport. The brick lighthouse was first constructed in 1835 and then rebuilt in 1859. It sits on Goat Island at the entrance to Cape Porpoise Harbor. A boathouse, oil house and keeper’s quarters also stand on the island ledge. It was the final Maine lighthouse to be automated in 1990 and is now owned by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. The lighthouse can be seen from the wharf in Cape Porpoise Harbor and is accessible by boat. Interior of tower can be toured if caretaker is available.
Spring Point Ledge Light has the unique distinction of being the only caisson-style lighthouse accessible by land and open for public tours. On weekends during the summer months the Spring Point Ledge Light Trust holds open houses allowing the public to actually enter and explore the lighthouse. A small fee of $5.00 is charged to support the Trust's preservation efforts. Open House hours are 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
South Portland, ME
Wood Island Light, Biddeford. Visible from Biddeford beaches, this lighthouse guards the entrance of Saco Bay. A conical white tower made of granite blocks, it was built in 1808 and rebuilt in 1858. Not open to the public, except through tours by Friends of Wood Island Lighthouse. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Boat rides and Tours. Visit our website for all information.
Nature Hikes – Refuge – Wildlife
Hike around estuaries and salt marshes on a self guided tour. Between 260,000 – 330,000 nature enthusiasts visit each year to enjoy the splendor. Major habitat types present of the refuge include forested upland, barrier beach/dune, coastal meadows, tidal salt marsh, and the distinctive rocky coast.
321 Port Road
In 1925, the magnificent Marginal Way was given as a gift to the Town of Ogunquit by Josiah Chase of York and is now a paved footpath beginning (or ending) in a corner of Oarweed Cove near the harbor, then running for 1 ¼ miles to the marvelous expanse of Ogunquit Beach. Once called "the margin" because of its patterned development along the rocky edge of the cliff, the origin and preservation of this truly precious piece of natural beauty was not the result of far-sighted conservation planning, but of the dealings of a shrewd businessman and some stubborn, persuasive "locals." This delightful, exhilarating walk meanders by tangled bayberry and bittersweet bushes, gnarled shrubs of fragrant pink and white sea roses, shaded alcoves formed by wind-twisted trees jutting out onto high granite outcroppings, and humbling views of the mighty Atlantic with its varying seasonal moods. Visit the website for more information on The Marginal way, events and to make donations.
The Wells Reserve at Laudholm is open every day. Come enjoy the site’s cultural heritage and diverse habitats. We’re located at 342 Laudholm Farm Road, just off Routes 1 and 9 near the Wells-Kennebunk line. The Wells Reserve is 30 minutes from Portland and Portsmouth, 90 minutes from Boston and Manchester. A small admission fee, which includes parking, is charged from Memorial Day weekend to Columbus Day. Members of Laudholm Trust enjoy free admission all year (except some special events).rnrn
342 Laudholm Farm Road