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Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area

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A nice walk to a beautiful secluded beach!

Yes, bring your bug spray for the 40 minute walk/hike in, but the beach is well worth it! There is... read more

Reviewed 8 August 2018
Rochester, New York
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This is a nice conservation area with a secluded beach at the end of a 2-mile hike. The hike and... read more

Reviewed 22 July 2018
Phippsburg, Maine
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Reviewed 8 August 2018

Yes, bring your bug spray for the 40 minute walk/hike in, but the beach is well worth it! There is a beautiful overlook about half way, that provides a panoramic view of the land and ocean. The path is a one lane road, paved in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank kristent345
Reviewed 22 July 2018

This is a nice conservation area with a secluded beach at the end of a 2-mile hike. The hike and are are part of the trip, not just the destination. It is carried in/carry out and limited access. When the parking lot is full, it's...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

Easy walk/ hike uphill on a road for 2 miles and you end up at a secluded beach! Very pretty but on the way back we got attached by mosquitos. I had over 70 bites. We used these bug spray wipes that we bought from...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank 869caitm
Reviewed 24 June 2018

A bit of a hunt, but a great, isolated location for thinking, writing, painting. A private parking lot greets visitors, who then have a ways to walk in to the ocean. LOVELY spot!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Laura P
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Reality check: long & beautiful walk. Carry in ~ carry out. No restroom facilities. When parking lot is full not entrance possible ~ a well-managed wildlife sanctuary. If you are put off by this, go to Popham Beach State Park....it's just down the coast &...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Sydney M
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Great but two miles in and out. Buggy. Worth it once there. Bring what you need to enjoy and get there early. Watch tides. Like popham but more quiet. Beach looks like it had gold flecks. Free as well people super nice

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank b w
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

Have hiked this area for a few years. I was spellbound the first time when we arrived at the beach! This area is gorgeous. ...so unspoiled. This is a wonderful place to spend a day outside!

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank mandy292016
Reviewed 22 August 2017 via mobile

If busy day and parking lot full, host will turn you away at parking lot, as management of the wildlife sanctuary prefers limited use. Come early in day or off season. This place illustrates the wisdom of preservation in the near wild of earth's most...More

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank NHTraveler37
Reviewed 17 August 2017

2 mile easy scenic hike through woodlands and marshes to beautiful scenic beach adjacent to Popham Beach (the best and most scenic beach in Maine). Talk time to enjoy the beach before returning to a typical Maine village, Phippsburg and the city of Bath with...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Daniel B
Reviewed 8 August 2017

I am from SC and think that our beaches are pretty fantastic, but this beach was one of the biggest, flattest, great to walk...and fun to hike to!

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Cindy P
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13 May 2015|
Response from Margaret C |
No they aren't. Where it is a nature conservatory, they can't have dogs running after the birds or destroying nests.