East Point Audubon Sanctuary
Situated at the very end of Biddeford Pool (Fletcher Neck) among private residences and a private golf course, East Point Audubon Sanctuary contains a short but spectacular trail along the perimeter of the point, offering rare public access to this stretch of the Maine Coast.
Visiting during COVID-19
A short out-and-back trail provides views of Wood Island Lighthouse, the rocky shore, and coastal habitat against the backdrop of both Saco Bay and the Gulf of Maine. Bring binoculars for ducks and shorebirds, find a sitting spot (there are benches along the path), and enjoy the spectacular views. Taking the trail out to the point and back is about 0.8 miles; walking the full length of the trail and back will be approximately 1.6 miles.
More than 260 different bird species have been spotted from within the sanctuary. In summer, look for birds nesting in the forests and meadows, including Black-capped Chickadees, Gray Catbirds, and Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. There are as many birds offshore, as the waters off the point are a feeding ground for several species of tern, Common Eider, Northern Gannett, Black Scoter, and other seabirds. East Point’s seabird spectacle may be even more impressive in winter, when the surrounding waters are visited by species such as Common Loon, Black Guillemot, Bufflehead, Razorbill, Long-tailed Duck, and others. Look toward Wood Island and nearby small rocky islands for wintering Snowy Owls—but make sure to keep your distance from these shy birds.
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Parking is very limited at the end of Lester B. Orcutt Blvd. along the shoulder with room for about 6 cars. The entrance is marked on the left as you face the water. There is a short right of way trail between and around private residences which takes you to the main sanctuary trail.
We ask visitors to be respectful of all adjoining private land owners and the golf club while visiting this spectacular little sanctuary. Please also be mindful of the path and possible eroded embankments, especially if you choose to veer onto the rocks at your own risk.