Based on the lack of advertising, signs, or directions, this gem is the haunt of the locals only. An old WWI and WWII fort, it is really one of the most scenic points in Maine. Located on a point at the mouth of the river that divides Maine from NH, there are easy walking paths all around the point. You see the blue ocean, boats moving to and fro, old lighthouses on tiny islands, wooded landscapes, and granite rocks standing up to the surf. We spent at least two hours marveling at the beauty.
There is the old fort which gives you an idea of the coastal defenses during wartime. Concrete bunkers peek out of the earth and watch towers stand guard with narrow slits for watchful eyes. Only one of the buildings is open to the public. It was a revelation to gaze from inside a lookout through an 18 inch slit while being surrounded by concrete. And block peek out of the water, once used to string mines to protect the river from invaders.
Don't forget the kids. There are sandy beaches to play on and a really clever playground. A large "tree house" is built around two live trees and the inside is covered in blackboards with chalk. A motorboat is stuck in the sand for little ones to pretend to sail the seas. One bench is made from old skis. The back is made from the front parts with the curved tips over the sitter's head. The seat is made from the flat part of the skis, while the arms are from children sized skis.
It may take some doing to find this magnificent spot, but once you do you will not want to leave!
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