Reid State Park became Maine’s first salt water park in 1946 when Walter E. Reid donated land in Georgetown to the state of Maine with the intent that it be forever preserved. Over the years the park grew into the attraction it is today, with thousands of visitors flocking there to enjoy its two sandy beaches and its scenic beauty. The sandy beaches, the Mile and the Half Mile, are exceptional for Maine’s coast line and contain rarely seen sand dunes.
In the spring time Piping Plovers and Least Terns use the beaches as nesting and breeding areas, while numerous other species of birds frequent the area. On the landward side of the park you’ll find a tidal river and salt water marshes teeming with various species of the local flora and fauna. Also to be had is a small salt water lagoon.
From one of the high heads along the beach you can spot (on a clear day) many of the areas islands. Damariscove was once a valuable fishing community in the 1600,s. You can also see Outer Head and Southport Islands. Seguin Island boasts a lighthouse. Also within viewing distance are the Cuckolds and Hendricks Head Islands.
The Beaches and trails are treats in themselves. At low tide you can see tons of periwinkle shells and barnacles on the exposed rocks. Two buildings, one at each beach house a fresh water shower and toilet facility as well as snack bars for your convenience. If you’re into the views, Griffiths Head is a stupendous site.
The Park is open year round, and if you want more information, you can phone the park office at (207) 371-2303. There is a charge for admission.
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The music for this piece is;
Hut On Staffin Island/Sandy MacCleod of Garafad/The Soft Horse reel
All photography by D.L. Soucy
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