Get Out and Explore York Parks and Area Forests

In 2002, Money Magazine listed the York region as "one of the 10 best places to vacation in North America." BBonline has the pleasure of pointing you to some wonderful York parks to explore.

Sohier Park
Sohier Park Road
Cape Neddick, ME 03909

This rocky shoreside park offers a great view of the historical, picturesque Nubble Lighthouse located on the tiny Nubble Island close by. The lighthouse, built in 1879, is one of Maine's most photographed attractions. The park's proximity to York Beach (just minutes away) and its view of the lighthouse makes it a popular romantic destination. The park is packed every year in July for the lighting of the lighthouse tower and its houses. The event is known as "Christmas in July" and celebrates York Day. Who knows, you might just glimpse the legendary ghost ship Isidore, shipwrecked in 1842 before the building of the lighthouse!      

Vaughan Woods State Park      
28 Oldfields Road
South Berwick, ME 03908
(207) 490-4079
Toll-Free: (207) 624-6080 (off season)

Close to the York Beach Camper Park, this small and delightful park is tucked away in a New England river village. The Vaughan Woods cover 250 acres of historic land which was first developed by shipbuilders along the Salmon Falls River. You can still see the Hamilton shipbuilding family's beautiful historic 18th century home with its multilevel gardens here. During the off-season, you can enter the park by walking around the entrance gate. If you're longing for long walks and hikes along the river and through woods of pine and hemlock, don't forget to visit this park during your stay at your York Bed and Breakfast.

York Beach Camper Park
Route 1 A
York Beach, ME 03910
www.yorkbeachcampingpark.com

In this popular wooded camping park, you can swim, play golf, tour historic York via a trolley tour, do some whitewater paddling on Little River or enjoy a concert by the shore.

Ocean Park
Mountain Road
South Berwick, ME 03908
www.oceanpark.org

If you'd liker some spiritual nurturing along with music, tennis, swimming, surfing and walking through forests that are national treasures, this seaside Chautauqua community park is the place for you. The community founded in 1881 is a serene retreat shaded by pines. It has a 7 mile beach - one of the finest in the country, surrounded by marsh and forest. Workshops, lectures and family programs are held regularly in this interfaith setting with its historic buildings. Concerts are hosted in the historic temple and its gardens are made for quiet reflection. Head to Ocean Park from your York Inn to reconnect with your spiritual side.

Mount Agamenticus
Cape Neddick, ME 03902
www.agamenticus.org


Just a short hike up this mountain on the coast will reward you with spectacular views. You can see Boston, which is 70 miles away, the Presidential Range in the White Mountains of New Hampshire and of course, the ocean. Around the summit there are inviting forest trails where you'll find the richest variety of rare flora and fauna in Maine. The mountain itself is part of more than 10,000 acres of unfragmented forest. Mount Agamenticus (the old name of York) is also a great place for biking, horseback riding and birdwatching. If you're lucky enough to be there mid to late July, expect an abundance of wild blueberries. The easiest way to get here is via a side road from Agamenticus Village.