The real secret to Morse Mountain (in Phippsburg, Maine) is not the mountain – it’s the beach! It (Seawall Beach) is over a mile of beautiful sandy beach – the beach is on the south side of the Morse River which seperates it from Popham Beach – equally beautiful – but more crowded (and not free) The Maine Geological Survey lists it as one of Maine’s “finest beaches”.
Follow Route 209 South for 11.6 miles. Where Route 209 turns sharply left to Popham Beach, continue straight ahead on Route 216 for .4 mile.
You will see NO PARKING signs on both sides of the road as you approach the entrance to Morse Mountain. Turn left on Morse Mountain Road.
Drive about 350 feet to the entrance of the parking lot on the left. In the summer, there is a gatekeeper and booth at this lot. When the lot is full, no more vehicles are permitted to enter until parked vehicles leave. Vehicles may not park on Morse Mountain Road or on Route 216.
(Note – when we visited on 7/30 there was no attendant)
The hike to the beach took us 40 minutes at a leisurely pace. The mountain is a shorter distance (but not by much)
NOTE: There are NO facilites, dogs are not allowed at any time, and I’d recommend bug spray for the walk.
You can also rent houses (including one in the winter) within the preserve.
The preserve is maintained by Bates College
After the Hike
Our favorite is the Lobster House in Phippsburg. (Just continue on R 209 beyond where you turned to park for Morse mountain. This is not James Beard country – but it’s good plain old fashioned seafood etc. at reasonable prices.