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“Quintessential Maine.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Popham Beach State Park

Popham Beach State Park
10 Perkins Farm Lane, Phippsburg, ME 04562
207-389-1335
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Ranked #1 of 6 attractions in Phippsburg
Type: State Parks, Beaches, Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking, Swimming, Birdwatching, Picnicking
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Owner description: State park and beach area that is located on a peninsula near Bath, Maine.
Brunswick, Maine
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Quintessential Maine.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

One of my favorite places to go. Amazing sandy beach for walking. You can walk forever on this beach it seems, especially at low tide. One of my favorite things about low tide at Popham is the ability to walk out to Fox Island and climb the rocks, explore tide pools, etc. What is also very special is that there are two lighthouses that can be seen from the beach (one on Pond Island and the other on more distant Seguin Island). Those from away may not know that the film "Message in a Bottle" was filmed here. Erosion has taken its toll here but it is still a very special place.

Visited August 2012
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Portland, Maine
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359 reviews 359 reviews
238 attraction reviews
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279 helpful votes 279 helpful votes
“The Best Beach in Maine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

This is a raw beach — despite its civilized amenities like paved parking, bathrooms, and shower and changing rooms. We paid $4 to enter even in the off-season. The effects of fierce storms and raging surf on the beach were evident everywhere. Bring a camera! Waves had eaten away at the dunes, pushing the shoreline much closer to the parking lot. The boundary river had changed course to wind its way across the middle of the beach. Its water was brutally cold on bare feet and shins; the ocean was even colder. At low tide, we could walk out to a stony island outcrop and look upon Sequin Island Lighthouse far offshore. Back behind the dunes were many picnic tables and grills and small areas for child's play. We liked most the untamed wilderness quality of this beach; we disliked nothing but having to wade the river cutting through it.

Visited October 2012
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Brunswick, Maine
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Facinating Confluences Create Maine's Version of the Mississippi's Delta”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Awesome in scale and power Popham Beach is the creation of river dynamics and ocean influences. The beauty of what you see is matched by the education offered by observing how drastically the landscape is changed by the effects of yearly variation in river flow, precipitation, and ocean storms. As you're filled with the beauty of the sand and vistas, you're also educated about how things in nature are ever changing. A lot ot think about, a lot to enjoy.

Visited July 2012
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Wonderland, Maine, United States
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Another cold water Maine beach!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

This beach is not convenient due to the distance from parking to the actual beach. It was clean, yet the water is cold even in July. The best part about the beach is the sand bars & crabs, and that is the only reason I gave it an average rating as opposed to a poor rating.

Visited July 2012
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New York City, New York
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3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“authentic coast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2013

It's a peaceful and honest piece of the Maine coast with a nice strip of beach to walk. Especially off season.

Visited October 2012
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