Let's have a picnic at the Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area

Let's carpool from Sear's at Cook's Corner in Brunswick at 9:30 a.m. OR meet us in the parking lot at the Mountain at 10 a.m.

The Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area is a nature preserve managed by Bates College for environmental research and education. The 500+ acre conservation area fronts over a mile of stunningly beautiful beach and dunes.

Located on the southern end of the Phippsburg Peninsula, we will hike to Seawall Beach. The path will take us along a gravel road through hardwood forest, passing by productive salt marshes and upon arriving at the beach, we’ll enjoy the scenery and eat lunch before hiking back out. Round trip travel is approximately 4 miles.

At the very top of Morse Mountain (really a big hill but is one of the highest points on the mid-Maine coast... peak elevation above sea level of 177 feet... there are spectacular views in all directions of the ocean, Seawall Beach, Seguin Island, Sprague River & Casco Bay and on clear days, Mt. Washington.

This undeveloped oceanside beach stretches for a mile. At low tide you can wade to Popham Beach and walk another 3 miles on soft sand.

See MORE PHOTOS of Morse Mountain and Seawall Beach.

Directions to Morse Mountain and Seawall Beach in Phippsburg, Maine:

• Take Rt. 1 North At Bath,

• Exit High Street/Rt. 209

•  Turn Right onto 209 toward Phippburg for 11.2 miles

• Continue Straight onto ME 216/Small Point Road
   (drive past the Popham Beach turn off)

•  After 0.8 miles on Rt. 216, take a Left onto Morse Rd

•  Parking lot is on the left

(no dogs or bikes allowed)

Bring insect repellant!

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  • Bev

    I went there today. It was beautiful. I was the only one on the beach as I went early. It's one of my favorite walks. Enjoy!

    June 19, 2014

    • Sue M.

      Glad you enjoyed it. I hope we can meet sometime.

      June 19, 2014

  • Jessica T.

    Sorry, have a tennis game tomorrow. Have fun!

    June 19, 2014

  • Valerie H.

    Wow, I'd love to do this, but need to be in Harpswell for work at 12:45...I don't think I can do both. Rats!

    June 2, 2014

    • Sue M.

      It would be cutting it close. These jobs are a pain in the neck!

      June 2, 2014

    • Valerie H.

      Ha! There are some benefits, though!

      1 · June 2, 2014

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