Midcoast Maine contains numerous parks and preserves, set aside for hiking, picnicking, and contemplating nature’s beauty. Foremost among these is Reid State Park, just a five-minute drive (or 15-minute bike ride) from Coveside. The park — one of the most popular in Maine — is a spectacular meeting of land and sea, with miles of sandy beaches, rocky headlands, meadows, estuaries, and forests. In addition to soaking up the sun on the beach, activities include swimming, fishing, hiking, tide pooling, picnicking, and mountain biking. Georgetown also contains a number of woodland preserves, described on this brochure (page 1, page 2). Among them are the Nature Conservancy’s Ledgewood Preserve — a short stroll from Coveside, featuring a forest walk with paths to a rocky shoreline — and the Josephine Newman Preserve, a network of trails along Robinhood Cove, maintained by the National Audubon Society.
A bit further afield is another popular beach park in the state system, Popham Beach State Park, on the Phippsburg peninsula. Our favorite park in Phippsburg is the Morse Mountain Preserve, a 600-acre park where an easy two-mile hike through forests and over scenic Morse “Mountain” takes you to pristine Seawall Beach, populated only by those who chose to take the hike.