My Maine Top 10 ~ #7 Reid State Park

Series Introduction:  After years of giving recommendations to friends visiting my home state of Maine, I decided to spend a little time compiling my favorites here. My Top 10. Some places are directly on the beaten path, others are not. I try to include something for every traveller but if you’re going to Maine, expect a lot of the great outdoors. If you must shop, do it at local stores and support Maine’s eclectic entrepreneurs.

I love Maine and the people who live there. All of the places I’m listing in the Top 10 I would recommend to my friends and family. If you have additional recommendations, please leave a note in the comments. I’d love to share as much of this great state as possible. Cheers! ~ Hannele

#10: Moosehead Lake Region (previously blogged)

#9: The Southern Beaches: Kennebunk & Ogunquit (previously blogged)

#8: Baxter State Park (previously blogged)

 Today we’re all about #7 ~ Reid State Park

I’ve been visiting Reid State Park in Georgetown for as long as I can remember.  It’s probably one of the first state parks I visited as a child. Here I am with my Dad and brother back in 1983. I’m the one holding the spoon, apparently ready for a picnic. I’ve been hooked on the foggy Maine coast (& picnicking) ever since.

Reid State Park offers visitors beautiful long sandy beaches and classic rocky Maine ocean views. During the summer months, the waters are calm but still pretty cold. It’s a great place for families or anyone wanting a quiet day at the beach. I’ve been many times and have never found it crowded. The park is also a nesting area for terns, piping plovers and many other shore birds. The seagulls will want to eat your lunch, so be aware, some can be pretty feisty.

 

There are changing rooms with showers, picnic tables and ample trails and tidal pools to explore. Three lighthouses can be seen from the park’s highest point, Griffith Head, along with several small pine tree covered islands. I’ve never been in the winter but I bet it is a beautiful place to cross country ski.

If you’re looking to try the local seafood , Five Islands Lobster Company in Georgetown is probably your best bet.  Note: I’m allergic to shellfish so this is not a personal recommendation. I’ve just heard Five Islands is the place to go.

 

Extra Credit: Another fun beach worth visiting in this area is Popham Beach. This is a great place to surf (bring your wetsuit), kayak and collect shells. I also enjoy exploring the colonial era fort, Fort Popham.

Exploring Fort Popham

Disclaimer: The recommendations I give in this post are personal, I’m not receiving any kick back from mentioning them. 

Have you been here and have the inside scoop? Add your favorite places in this region to the comments section!

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