Posted on September 29, 2013 and last updated on October 28, 2018

Perkins Farm Trail and Fort Baldwin, Phippsburg


  • Preserve Size: Not sure
  • Trail Mileage: 1.2 miles one way
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: old fort, bay views

If you want to get away from the sun and the crowds at Popham Beach, you can head out on this delightful and easy trail to check out a crumbling old fort, or rather, its batteries, as well as a couple of nice spots by the bay.

The Perkins Farm Trail is a 1.2-mile walk through lovely woods to the site of Fort Baldwin, a series of three interesting batteries built between 1905 and 1912, with dripping tunnels, old living quarters with fireplaces, and crumbling stairs to explore. You can climb to the top of the grassy batteries and see a view through the trees of the sea. The fort is part of a state park. Go a bit farther on the path, and you wind up at the shore with a view across the bay to Fort Popham. To get to Fort Popham, carry on down Route 209 to its end.

The path to the first ocean view point is blazed in blue; the path to the forts is blazed in yellow. It is a bit easy to miss the path that branches off right to the batteries, at .4 miles, if you’re starting at Perkins Farm Lane, so keep your eyes out. You’ll reach the first tower and old battery at around .8 of a mile.

Directions: From Popham State Park, continue on Route 209 to the east. Take a left on Perkins Farm Lane, drive almost to the end and park at a small lot on the left.

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