South Coast Region parks provide recreation and nature adventures

Ferry Beach State Park -credit-Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands
Ferry Beach State Park

95 Bayview Road (Route 9) Saco, ME, 04072 Phone: 207-283-0067

Sweet, sandy beach; picnicking; walking trails

This small state park is located between Old Orchard Beach and Camp Ellis. Ocean beach for swimming, clam digging, surf fishing, picnicking. There is a changing room. Visitors can take a nature walk on a shaded trail. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from April 1 to September 30. Park is open Memorial Day to October 1. Day use fees are charged.
Trail map.
Foliage - Bradbury Mountain State Park - Pownal, ME - Photo Credit Maine Bureau of Parks & Lands
Bradbury Mountain State Park

528 Hallowell Road Pownal, ME, 04069 Phone: 207-688-4712

Great views from top of Mount Bradbury; lots for trails for walking, mountain biking, horseback

Situated on Route 9 about halfway between Portland and Lewiston-Auburn, this park is best for its wonderful views and for hiking on multi-use trails that allow horseback riders, mountain bikers and snowmobilers. (Snow shoe rentals are available.) West of Route 9, the Summit Trail is the quickest route to views from the top of Bradbury Mountain. Trails on the east of Route 9 are favored by mountain bikers. Fall is a popular time for visits by people to see the fall foliage and enjoy bird watching. Spring is best time to watch hawk migration; it is time for the annual hawk watch. - Trail Maps: West Side - East Side