Birch Point Beach State Park
This beach is hemmed in by regal pines and huge stone ledges that just beg to be picnicked upon. Open daily, Memorial Day through Labor Day. 9 a.m. to sunset. $1–$3. Access via Ballyhac Rd., Owls Head. 207-941-4014. maine.gov/birchpoint
Lamoine State Park
Great Mount Desert Island views without the summer crowds? You bet. This quiet shorefront park has campgrounds and picnic tables for extended stays or afternoon day trips. Open daily, May 15–October 15. 9 a.m. to sunset. $1.50–$4.50. 23 State Park Rd., Lamoine. 207-667-4778. maine.gov/lamoine
Willing to work for a perfect beach day? This one’s for you. Hike through the wooded trails of the Wells Reserve and you’ll be rewarded with the soft sand of Wells’ lesser-known beach. Open daily, year-round. 7 a.m. to sunset. $1–$4. 342 Laudholm Farm Rd., Wells. 207-646-1555. wellsreserve.org
Roque Bluffs State Park
A rare sand-and-pebble beach on the rocky Down East coast. Open daily, May 15–October 30. 9 a.m. to sunset. $1.50–$4.50. 145 Schoppee Point Rd., Roque Bluffs. 207-255-3475. maine.gov/roquebluffs
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