Posted on August 14, 2013 and last updated on April 05, 2020

Spirit Pond Trails, Phippsburg


  • Preserve Size: Not sure
  • Trail Mileage: 3.5 miles in network
  • Pets: yes
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Sights: old mill dam, views of the Morse River salt marshes

The tidal pool Spirit Pond is aptly named. This is a walk not to be missed, for the views, the birds, the beauty. Count on walking about three miles if you do the main loop and its spur trails to views, all very pretty. You can park at the trailhead but it is not plowed in the winter. If you head to the left from the main trailhead on Route 209 you’ll make your way to McDonald Sanctuary and can do a small loop before doing the bigger, more dramatic loop on Spirit Pond. There are lots of beautiful views in this preserve of the pond and of the Morse River salt marshes. It does tend to be buggy here, so bring bug spray. It’s also possible to swim in the pond, or at least, people have been seen swimming here. I cannot vouch for it!

Directions: From the Center Store, go roughly 4.6 miles south on Main Rd. (Rte. 209), and turn left onto Popham Rd, (Rte. 209) when it intersects with Route 216. Continue approximately 1.5 miles. A small parking area and trail-head are on the right.