Published September 20th, 2012

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Photo by Aislinn Sarnacki. The Amazon Trail in Sandy Point Beach Park on July 1, 2012.

I’ve written a bit lately on some of the attractions on and around French’s Point that a lot of our guests visit while they’re in the area for a wedding. And I’d be remiss not to mention one of the best – and closest – attractions, Sandy Point Beach. Just south of Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge Observatory and a stone’s throw from our resort is this great spot for a fun afternoon with the family.

Sandy Point Beach lies along the Penobscot River across from Verona Island. The beach is part of a 100-acre nature preserve established in 1990 with acres purchased by a nonprofit called Land for Maine’s Future and donated from area private owners. It’s a favorite stop for swimmers, picnickers, and sunbathers. There’s a good bit of wind on the water here and you’ll often see windsurfers playing around on the chop. For landlubbers, the preserve includes about two miles of easy hiking trails accessible from the parking lot.

Sandy Point Beach is a little rustic in that there aren’t any facilities here and parking is limited. So be open to getting creative about finding a spot for your car. Luckily, the beach is close enough to our resort that many guests just walk. To get to Sandy Point Beach, head north on Hersey Retreat Road – the same road that French’s Point resort is located on – for 1.2 miles until you see the gravel parking lot and the sandy shore.