Places to walk and take a swim

What makes a spot swimmable is a bit subjective; what one person finds tolerable (muddy, slimy pond bottom with weeds), another person will not! A lot of the walks along coastal Maine take you to the shore where it’s possible to swim off of the rocky coast — although perhaps not the easiest or safest activity, particularly if you have bad knees. Some of these suggestions are of the “pack your bathing suit just in case” variety.

Also, this list is a little difficult to keep up because in midcoast Maine, there aren’t that many walk/swim combos —  whereas in Western Maine, that’s all there is! (That’s a slight exaggeration.) So, if you do a search for ‘swimming’ on my site, you’ll find many more places that I’ve not included in this list but have tagged for swimming.

I’m ranking these with asterisks, one to three, with three being the best and one being okay.

Southern Maine

Midcoast Maine

Central Maine

Western Maine

Northern Maine

Downeast

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