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“hike for 40 minutes to a gorgeous beach”

Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area
Reviewed 29 July 2013

we were delighted with this up and down hill somewhat strenuous hike on gravel roads which ended up at a lovely wide and nearly deserted beach at 10 in the morning. Much to explore, and definitely a better alternative than Popham's and the beach behind Percy's which was jammed with people on our Saturday visit. Prepare to bring your food, towels, chairs and reading material in with you -- there are no concessions, rest rooms, or anything else but nature.

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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Easy 1-1.5mi hike (with some hills) that ends at a secluded (GORGEOUS) beach that is about 1-mile long. Worth potentially spending the day. Also has a nice scenic outlook about 1/2 way into the hike that you can opt for, beautiful expansive views. The only downside is that it was really buggy during our hike (the greenheads were out in force) and you should definitely layer on the bug spray and be prepared for some annoyance.

2  Thank architecta
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Reviewed 3 June 2013

This well-preserved and intensively protected 600-acre (244.8-hectare) natural area was due south of Bath off ME 216. Highway signs clearly identified access to it on Morse Mountain Road. The small dirt parking lot filled up fast. A gate-keeping booth was onsite but inactive during my early afternoon mid-Spring visit. Parking along ME 216 was posted as illegal. This pleasant and pretty peninsular parcel was between Sprague River and Morse River. An easy 2-mile (3.6 km) hike along an old and winding dirt road led into mixed growth woodlands and past salt marshes, up 180-ft (54.8 m) high Morse Mountain to a vista point, and then to Seawall Beach. High-power binoculars helped for seeing shorebirds — bug dope with 100% DEET helped keep pests at bay. The entire walk was a nature and landscape photographer’s dream. Despite occasional biting bugs, I liked everything about the place — even its severely limited parking.

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Reviewed 19 May 2013

A long, but fairly easy walk out to a gorgeous sandy beach. Bring a picnic and plan to stay all day.

1  Thank NatalieA631
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Reviewed 22 March 2013

One of my favorite hikes on the coast of Maine. A very beautiful and unique location!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1  Thank Jackson29510
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