Location Tag: Camping

Sand Beach

This is a beautiful beach, and one of the most famous in Maine.  There is a large sand beach surrounded by cliffs, and the water is a stunning turquoise blue.  As part of Acadia National Park, there are numerous areas to explore, and the beach is close to many hiking trails.  Nearby Bar Harbor has […]

Lamoine Beach State Park

We didn’t see anyone swimming, and we aren’t sure if you are allowed to or not.  There is a small sign saying “no swimming off dock” which implies that you can swim elsewhere.  There are beautiful expansive views, and picnic tables overlooking the water.   little shade, outhouses.  The water seems fairly clear, and there is a […]

Second Beach, Sachuest Beach

 This is an enormous beach with multiple lifeguard stations and open swimming.  There is lots of room to spread out, so the beach is relaxing and uncluttered.  The beach seems to sometimes be called “Sachuest” but is more commonly referred to as “Second Beach.” Port-a-potties are available, and there is camping in the area.  There […]

Charlestown Breachway

This beach is stunning.  There are wild rose bushes along the shore, and turquoise blue water.  There is a river canal running to the ocean which is fun to watch, and the beach is huge.  There isn’t that much parking at the state park, but there is a town beach with parking that you’ll see […]

Hopeville Pond State Park

They have a medium swimming area with a sand beach, and there are some shaded picnic areas as well.  The beach was fairly crowded for 4pm on Monday, so it is likely a popular area. There wasn’t a fee when we were here, but there may be at certain times.  Dogs are allowed on the […]

Burlingame State Picnic Area

There is a small roped swim area with a sand beach, though people were swimming outside of the marked area.  They have picnic sites with grills, and a beautiful rustic pavilion that you can rent.  They have a long list of contact numbers, so please visit their website for more information. http://www.riparks.com/Locations/LocationBurlingame.html

Otter River State Forest, Beaman Pond Recreation Area

There are two roped swimming areas, but they are among the smallest that we’ve seen.  They are probably only enjoyable for small children.  The park itself is lovely, and would be good for a picnic.  Dogs are allowed in the park, but not on the beaches. http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-central/otter-river-state-forest.html  

Lake Dennison Recreation Area

There is a large grassy lawn, and a sizable sand beach.  The swimming area is fairly small though, and a little cramped on weekends.  Dogs are allowed in the parking area, but not near the beach, so it would be hard to bring a dog here. http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-central/lake-dennison-recreation-area.html  

Willard Brook State Forest, Damon Pond

There is pretty covered bridge walkway, lots of picnic areas, and a small nature center.  The swimming area is fairly small, but the area is scenic.  There are two beaches, but it seems like you are only allowed to swim in the one that has a roped off section.  A little down the road is […]

Pearl Hill State Park

This is a picturesque park, with a large sand beach, and a long swimming area that could be good for doing laps.  The water had a lot of organic debris, but seemed clean.  The surrounding forest has a verdant understory of ferns, there are some pretty flowering bushes as well. Dogs are allowed on a […]