Morse Mountain is a conservation area that is open to the public. The 1.7 mile trail brings you to a beach that is separated from Popham Beach by a small tidal river. There are no facilities whatsoever, so bring everything you might need, and “carry in, carry out.” There is no shade on the beach, and the hike in is somewhat buggy, so it might be uncomfortable for small children.
Off of Route 216, you’ll see a blue street sign that says, “Morse Mountain Private,” but this is actually the entrance to the park, and the larger sign for the conservation area is just a little ways up the road. You’ll come to a small station and parking lot, and from here the hike is 1.7 miles to the beach. The hike is on a wide road that is somewhat paved for most of the way, and it is an easy to moderate trail. There was no fee when we were here, though it looked like there could be at times. There are no dogs allowed at any time. This location isn’t as well known as Head Beach and Popham beach, but still fills up on weekends sometimes.
This is a gorgeous beach, and more private due to the hike. The views of the islands are wonderful, and the water seems to be sand bottomed and fairly clear for Maine. There is a huge sand beach with large rock outcroppings.
- 20-30 min.
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