Stretching along the panoramic Saco Bay, this place is a secluded oasis nestled between the renowned Old Orchard Beach and Camp Ellis – an easily accessed treasure trove perfect for nature, forest, sand, sun, and water lovers.
Ferry Beach State Park is a fantastic location for family outings offering an astounding sandy beach, stunning nature trails, and beautiful picnic areas – a quiet place to relax if you want to dodge the crowds and stay away from the hustles of the neighboring beaches.
It’s a great destination all year round, open from early morning hours to dusk – which offers you an opportunity to watch mesmerizing sunrise and sunset. Reasonably priced, it’s around $5/adult Maine resident – I’d suggest the Maine State Park Pass for free entrance at a ton of locations across the state. There is a parking area which is situated about 5 minutes’ walk to the beach – but it gets scarce pretty fast during peak summer days. There are some awesome facilities here, such as changing rooms, a rinsing off area, bathrooms, and picnic areas in a shady area with rustic charcoal grills. There are quite a few mosquitos and flies, so be sure to wear some bug spray.
The nature center located at the trailhead is loaded with great information on native animals of this area (and some great books). The nature center also offers guided nature programs that entail walking through the coniferous forest which remain lush throughout the year. These walks wind through the park covering interesting topics on animals and plants indigenous in Maine.
Ferry Beach State Park has breath-taking hiking trails, weaving throughout the woods – they’re beautiful, short and they all lead to different portions of the beach and private hideaways where you can intentionally “get lost”. If your little ones are tagging along, the wave-free water will offer delightful swimming – and the shoreline stretches far and wide where they can run up and down freely. Nonetheless, you might want to check the tides before you go, since high tide doesn’t leave a lot of sandy beach area.
Shots from Ferry Beach
Here are some of our favorites shots we got while exploring Ferry Beach State Park.
Where Is It?
Head out the I-195 towards Old Orchard beach, and continue onto Temple Ave. Take a right onto Route 9 at the blinking red light, then another right onto Bayview Road – the entrance to the park is 0.3 miles on the left.
Ferry Beach State Park
95 Bayview Rd, Saco, ME 04072
(Plus Code: FJH6+H4 Saco, ME)