Jul 302013
 

 

John, Kayleigh and I were on the go again this past weekend!  We really wanted to get out of the house and do something fun, but not spend a lot of money in doing so.  I heard about Fort Point State Park in Stockton Springs from a friend of mine, and it sounded like the perfect destination for us. 

Fort Point State Park encompasses 120 acres of diverse terrain, activities and habitat all at the mouth of the Penobscot River and the head of Penobscot Bay.  

The park offers riverside picnic tables and hiking trails through the forest to the rocky shores.  There is a beautiful seven-mile trail around Cape Jellison, and bountiful Maine fishing.  There is also a lighthouse and a pier.

John and I had never been to Fort Point State Park before, and we were excited to go on a new adventure.  The park is only about a 50 minute drive from our home, which is very convenient for us.  Upon entering the park, there is a pay station set up.  The cost is $2.00 per Maine resident, or $3.00 per non-Maine resident.  Children under 5 and senior citizens get in free.  There is no one manning the station, so it’s on the “honor system” whether you pay or not.  John and I thought it was well worth paying $4.00 for us to get in. 

When we left our home, it was bright and sunny outside, but the skies clouded over as we got closer to the park.  Once we arrived there, the sky was completely clouded over, and it looked like it was going to rain any minute.  We felt rain sprinkles here and there, so we decided to make this visit a bit short.  We did not get to explore everything Fort Point State Park has to offer this time, but we will definitely go back!

We did make it down to the beach area.  There is no swimming allowed due to strong currents, but the view is absolutely breathtaking. If you have never been to the Maine coast during the summer months, I urge you to take a trip.  I am lucky enough to take in the gorgeous views every year, and now I get to share them with Kayleigh.

Fort Point State Park, Stockton Springs, Maine 

Fort Point State Park

Fort Point State Park

Fort Point State Park

Fort Point State Park

Fort Point State Park

Fort Point State Park

Fort Point State Park

We walked around the beach for about 20 minutes, taking pictures and picking up seashells.  We’ve decided to start collecting seashells every time we take a trip to the coast, and put them in a jar for Kayleigh.  I’m sure this will turn into some kind of craft project in the future.  

After we were done walking around the beach area, we headed up to the picnic tables, and grabbed the one with the best view of the water.  

What I loved most about this park, is that it was not overpopulated.  There were a handful of other people there, but it was not congested with tourists like a lot of other Maine coastal areas.  That made for a really relaxing and enjoyable day.  We had packed a couple of sandwiches and some chips, so we sat down to eat, and take in the view.  I fed and changed Kayleigh, and then we headed back home, just before it started down pouring.

I am really excited to go back to Fort Point State Park and do some more exploring!

 

Do you like to explore new places in your home state? 

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