Sandy Point Beach
Sandy Point is a scenic spot on the Penobscot River just across from Verona Island. Here a 100-acre preserve, managed jointly by the Town of Stockton Springs and the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, protects the sand and gravel Sandy Point Beach for public use. Swimming, picnicking and sunbathing are popular activities at the pocket beach, tucked between rocky headlands. Windsurfers will enjoy riding the fun winds and waves on this wide stretch of river. There are no public facilities at Sandy Point, and parking is limited.
The area near the beach is rich in military and maritime history. Fort Point State Park is just south at Cape Jellison. The park features more than a mile of shoreline, a tidal sandbar and plentiful wildlife. The remains of Fort Pownall, constructed by the English in 1759 to guard the entrance to the Penobscot River, is found here. Fort Point Lighthouse, built in 1836 to aid ships navigating the river between Bangor and Castine, was Maine’s first river light. It is still in operation today. Picnic tables front the shore, and just inland are three restrooms and ample parking. Footpaths connect park sites and a 7-mile bicycling loop around the cape begins at the park.
Fort Knox and the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and Observatory are just to the north of Sandy Point Beach. The fort, the first and largest granite fort in Maine, was built in 1844 to defend the Penobscot River Valley against possible attack by the British navy. It occupies a commanding location on the river across from Bucksport. The observatory sits 42 stories above the bridge, the first and only cable-stay bridge in Maine and one of only three such bridges in the world, offers a remarkable panoramic vista of the river valley and beyond.
Sandy Point Beach
Stockton Springs ME 04981