One of the most popular locations in the Mid Coast Region of Maine is Popham Beach State Park. Located on the south side of the mouth of Kennebec River, the Park encompasses 529 acres of land including a spacious sandy beach excellent for swimming and unusual geological landforms. This is a great place to relax and enjoy the summer sun.
Found on Maine Route 209 just fourteen miles from Bath to Phippsburg is Popham Beach State Park. The Park is open from April 15 to October 30 and there is a fee charged for its use.
Named after the long, extensive stretch of sand beach found here, Popham Beach State Park is a favorite for locals and tourists alike for sunbathing and swimming. Relaxing on the sandy beach, visitors can see islands off shore and during low tide can walk to Fox Island to explore. However, be cautious so as not to be marooned on the island during high tide.
Strolling the beach looking for seashells is another fun activity. There are lifeguards on duty, however, the area is known for its strong surf, undertows and once in awhile - rip tides. Swimmers should be aware and swim near the lifeguards. If the tide is right, it is also possible to surf along this shoreline.
Come and enjoy the beach, bathhouses, freshwater showers to rinse off in, picnic areas with grills, trails and wildlife watching.
In addition to the great beach, there is great historic value to an area located just two miles further south. Excavation is continuing to uncover the original 1607 settlement of Popham and Fort George, which was located in the area.