Posted on October 22, 2021 and last updated on October 22, 2021

Birch Point Beach State Park, Owls Head


  • Preserve Size: 62 acres
  • Trail Mileage: Access road is 0.4 miles
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: sandy beach, flattish seaside ledge, the sea

You can get more of a walk at this 62-acre state park if you leave your car at the entrance gate and walk 0.4-mile paved access road to the secluded cove. In the off-season, the gate is closed anyway, forcing you to exercise!

Otherwise, if you park in the large lot close to the shore (and pay the park fee), you can do a relatively short walk along the small beach to two tiny trails that bring you to large, surprisingly smooth slabs of rock ledge over which waves crash.

The walk down the paved drive is easy, as is the walk along the beach. It’s more of a scramble up rocks and through root-filled paths to reach the far reaches of the park.

Leashed dogs are allowed at the park from Oct. 1 to March 31.

Directions: (From Maine Trail Finder) From the intersection of US Route 1 and ME Route 73 in Rockland, head south on Maine Route 73 for 3.9 miles. Turn left onto Dublin Road and continue 1.4 miles, before taking a right onto Ballyhac Road. The access road for Birch Point State Park is 0.8 miles on the left. After Labor Day and before Memorial Day, the gate to the park is closed. Park by the side of the street and walk in.


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