This park got its name before highways became the favored form of transportation north of Boston, when one of the fastest and easiest ways to travel along the coast was by ferry. Back then, there was a ferry crossing at nearby Saco River, servicing the beachgoers.
These days, the pure, fine, gloriously white sand is still the most obvious attraction at this 100-acre park on Saco Bay, and the chance to plop yourself down is reason enough to stop by. But don’t neglect the five interconnected nature trails snaking through the park, or you’ll miss out on the lovely woodlands and marshlands, not to mention one of Maine’s last remaining undeveloped sand dunes, or–rare for this area—the grove of tupelo trees.
There are changing rooms, restrooms, picnic tables, and lifeguards on duty. Dogs aren’t allowed from April 1-September 30. If you’re visiting in the summer, make sure to arrive early to find a good parking spot and beat the mid-day heat. And don’t forget the insect repellant!
Ferry Beach State Park
95 Bayview Road
Saco, ME 04072
See Maine State Park Day-Use Fees for current admission information.
From Portland, drive south on I-295. After about 7 miles, merge onto I-95 S. 7.5 miles later, take exit 36 to merge onto I-195 E toward Saco/Old Orchard Beach. After 2 miles, take exit 2A to merge onto Main Street. From there, take a right on Elm Street, a left on Beach Street, and finally a left on Bayview Road. Then take your first right onto Ferry Beach Park Road, and you’ll hit the park half a mile later.
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