Posted on May 13, 2022 and last updated on May 13, 2022

Parsons Beach, Kennebunk

QUICK TRAIL FACTS

  • Preserve Size: Not sure
  • Trail Mileage: 0.5 miles
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: Mousam River, sandy beach

The owners of this private beach lease a small portion to the town, and appear to also allow walkers on the rest of the strip (although I didn’t walk the length of the beach on the freezing cold day I visited). You can do a very short but delightful loop behind the dunes and around to the beach, which was beautiful on a blustery spring day! There are great views over the tidal Mousam River, which flows into the sea here.

The parking is very limited; just seven or so spots on the side of the road. Dogs are allowed on the private portion of the beach from Nov. 1 to March 31 only. They’re allowed on the town-leased section of the path all year, but prohibited between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm from June 15 to Sept. 15.

Directions: From Route 9 in Kennebunk, turn onto Parsons Beach Drive and park on the left side of the road. A sign marks the end of the public part of the road. Because of the limited parking, people recommend walking! or bicycling to the beach during the summer.

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Let me know if you have any trail updates or corrections!