Description - This area is known as the gateway to Maine. It has an urban feel that is unlike the northern inland and upper coastal regions. Beautiful coastal towns characterize the area along with inland freshwater fishing villages. Historic sites, state parks, a estuarine reserve and wildlife refuge offer a retreat from one of the most populous areas of the state. The area is also known for being the summer home of former President George H. W. Bush and wife, Barbara.
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- Southern Maine is one of the mostly densely populated area of the state with more than 100 people per square mile. The area is characterized by mixed evergreen and deciduous trees with sandy coastal areas resting at sea level. Once you enter the state of Maine, you are offered immediate access to interesting and historic public lands. Small quaint towns are located just east and west of Interstate 95. Coastal and inland mansions, beautiful museums, exquisite shopping and fine dining are nestled together in this busy year-round travel region.
Recreation - As soon as the traveler enters the gateway of Maine, they are offered an array of public activities from which to choose. Fort McClary, a hexagon block fort built in 1846, is located in Kittery. This excursion is short and offers the visitors some of their first scenic vistas of Maine's coastline. Located in South Berwick is Vaughn Woods, an exquisite historical home of the ship building Hamilton family. The restored gardens with native plant material and fine statuary create a truly inviting atmosphere. When visiting be sure to explore the beautiful shady trails buried in the beautiful rolling hills which are lined with gorgeous, healthy woodland plants. The home itself is fenced with beautiful 9' high lilac bushes which is an incredible site and scent during the mid-May blooming season. Other parks along the coast, such as Ferry Beach, offer unexpected white sand and sun drenched beaches. The Wells National Estuarine Reserve is obviously a former working farm and is now used for environmental education and exploration. The estuarine reserve located beside the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge offer nature trails and a break from busy freeways and state routes.
Climate - The year-round vacation spot of the Southern Maine Coast Region experiences daytime winter temperatures above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (-8 Celsius). Similar to the Greater Portland and Mid Coast Regions, summer daytime temperatures average a pleasant 68 degrees (20 Celsius) or slightly above. The region receives an average of 40 - 44 inches (102 - 112 centimeters) of precipitation each year.
The southern tip of the state borders New Hampshire to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. It stretches are far north up the coast as Scarborough and over to the state line near Kezar Falls and Porter.