Wolf Neck Woods in Freeport is the only major breeding area in the United States south of Alaska for the common eider duck, which makes this site a duck lovers paradise. The Casco Bay Trail offers the contrasts of ocean-side walking and woodland shade, with picnic tables and grills along the way. Spend a couple of hours and listen to eider calls across the salt marshes.
Fort Popham is the best place to take kids on a picnic. There is the old granite block fort on the Kennebec River to explore, located at the end of Route 209 south of Bath. Then walk along the beach and watch whirl pools form where river meets sea. Seals often frolic here, and the fishing can be good as the tide comes in. At the end of all this fun comes the picnic, in sight of this historic place were construction began in 1862 during the Civil War.
The Giant Steps beckon ledge lovers who like to sit on the rocks and watch the sea. On Bailey Island, take the first left after passing Mackerel Cove and park in front of the little church. Walk the path out onto the ledges. The Giant Steps are marked with a plaque. Shelter can be found among the rocks on a windy day, and this is a quiet getaway for people who like to watch gulls dive for fish and listen to the sea.