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Old 02-20-2012, 09:35 AM
 
Location: New England
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What are the closest (and nicest) coastal public beaches driving from Augusta?
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Old 02-20-2012, 10:31 AM
 
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If you want a sand beach, the closest would be either Popham Beach (also a state park) in Phippsburg, below Bath, or Reid State Park in Georgetown, across the Kennebec River from Popham. If you just want salt water, Route 3 is a straight shot to Belfast and the city park, or take Route 17 to Rockland and Owl's Head or I-295 to Brunswick and Harpswell. There is also Thomas Point Beach in Brunswick, but I've never been there and can't comment on it. Besides, it's privately owned and doesn't meet your "public beach" condition.
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Old 02-20-2012, 11:57 PM
 
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Reid state park, popham, and pemaquid beach

thomas point-use to go thier as kids-gotta make sure the tide is in
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Old 02-21-2012, 07:35 AM
 
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If you want a sand beach, the closest would be either Popham Beach (also a state park) in Phippsburg, below Bath, or Reid State Park in Georgetown, across the Kennebec River from Popham. If you just want salt water, Route 3 is a straight shot to Belfast and the city park, or take Route 17 to Rockland and Owl's Head or I-295 to Brunswick and Harpswell. There is also Thomas Point Beach in Brunswick, but I've never been there and can't comment on it. Besides, it's privately owned and doesn't meet your "public beach" condition.
Does anyone know if dogs can run on any of these beaches? And is there restricted times during the year when you can go onto the beach?
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Old 02-21-2012, 08:25 AM
 
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Does anyone know if dogs can run on any of these beaches? And is there restricted times during the year when you can go onto the beach?
Dog are common at Popham Beach outside the state park area. (Drive past the state park entrance and continue on the highway to park down by Spinney's Restaurant and the fort.) AFAIK dogs are generally not welcome in state parks, but you should check with the individual parks and the Bureau of Parks and Lands. Policies may differ among the parks.
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:44 AM
 
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Thanks, Coaster, and thanks for the link.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:22 PM
 
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Birch point beach state park in South Thomaston is a nice beach aslo, and Ihave seen dogs there.
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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A tiny beach that is good before the heavy tourist season is Laite Beach in Camden. Probably not a good one for dogs, but it is sandy and very close to town. Another smallish one but bigger than Laite is the beach in Lincolnville, right on route 1. We often stop there on our way back from Camden or Rockland.

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Old 02-22-2012, 07:58 AM
 
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A tiny beach that is good before the heavy tourist season is Laite Beach in Camden. Probably not a good one for dogs, but it is sandy and very close to town. Another smallish one but bigger than Laite is the beach in Lincolnville, right on route 1. We often stop there on our way back from Camden or Rockland.
So driving from August, this might be an hour or less?
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:33 PM
 
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So driving from August, this might be an hour or less?
in a helicopter, yes

but probly 1hr and 15 mins by car
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