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Brunswick park

Abounding with several expansive bodies of water, a wealth of trails and golf courses, the Southern Midcoast region of Maine is a recreational enthusiasts dream. The area houses three beautiful beaches, affording guests a number of outdoor activities – Popham Beach allows for swimming and relaxation, as well as the navigation of the nearby ruins of Fort Popham; Thomas Point Beach is a site for picnics, camping, volleyball and softball, and is also supplied with playground equipment; and Reid State Park’s impressive beach area, with extensive sand dunes, allows for hiking and bird watching.

The vast region is home to two bays – Casco Bay and Merrymeeting Bay – and four large-scale rivers – Kennebec River, New Meadows River, Androscoggin Rivera and Sheepscot River – providing for an array of recreational activities including kayaking, fly and spin fishing and boating. Eighteen public boat landings are available throughout the Southern Midcoast area for sail and motor boating aficionados.

Brunswick beach

Miles upon miles of trails wind through the towns of the Southern Midcoast, allowing for biking in the warmer months and both cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the cooler months.

For a casual bike ride, a 2.63-mile path runs along the Androscoggin River in Brunswick. And for more challenging rides, Maine Bike Tours takes bicyclists through Bath and Wiscasset on a 60-mile ride, while mountain bikers enjoy the difficult trails at Bradbury Mountain State Park.

A number of sites are filled with meandering trails, many of which are used for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling in the wintertime. Bradley Pond Farm Recreational Area boasts a 2.5-mile trail system, while Long Reach Preserve offers a one-mile trail.

Additional trails can be found at the Merrymeeting Fields Preserve, Cathance River National Preserve, Crystal Spring Farm’s trail system and Cox Pinnacle in Brunswick, as well as Wolf Neck Woods and Bradbury Mountain State Park.

Southern Midcoast map

Golfers delight in the region’s diverse courses, offering all levels of play. Perhaps one of the finest courses in the state, the Brunswick Golf Club is a challenging 18-hole course providing a total par of 72. Further courses include County Fareways Par 3 Golf Course (10 holes), Highland Green Golf Club (nine holes), Sebasco Harbor Resort (nine holes) and Mere Creek Golf Course, located at the Brunswick Naval Air Station (nine holes). The Long Shot Golf Center offers patrons a miniature golf course and driving range for those looking to perfect their swing.

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