Just past the upscale seaside neighborhood of Biddeford Pool (called Maine’s Coast Most Beautiful Beach), there’s a modest little Sanctuary, hidden behind the lush greens of the Abenakee Golf Club. Almost like walking into a secret garden, this little trail is completely secluded, and has one of the most panoramic views of the Maine coastline that exist.
Although free, the biggest boundary of this location is parking. Prestigious and esoteric, the residents of Biddeford Pool have the perfect set up: exceptional views, friendly neighbors, and private beaches – and they’d like to keep it that way. There are a few (maybe 6) roadside spots near the entrance – and that’s it; A permit must be obtained before parking in any other area near the beach. Well worth the wait (or any hassle with parking), follow the trail leading back from the native greenery-lined entrance to it’s magnificent views, lighthouse included. It’s the ideal location for bird watching, curling up with a book on the rocks, or taking a brisk morning stroll.
Though the rocky coastline makes it a little too dangerous to swim, there is a small sandy area to dip your toes in – or, if you’re like me, a perfect place to sit on a rocky ledge and watch the waves crash endlessly. If you look carefully, you can see the Wood Island Lighthouse off the coast (and if you look extra carefully, you might even spot the rumored ghosts of Wood Island). East Point Sanctuary is one of those great little hidden places with such a perfect coastline view that makes you just want to keep coming back (which I certainly will be).