Walking & hiking is an exercise in natural beauty in Mid Coast Region
115 Elm Street
Camden, ME, 04843
Stay with us and hike where mountains meet the sea
If you enjoy seeing the world on foot, then Camden, Maine - where the mountains meet the sea - is the ideal vacation spot for you. And Cedar Crest Inn is the place to stay. We're a high-end motel located off US Rte. 1, with easy access to all sorts of trails. We're just a 15-minute walk from Camden Village, full of unique shops and restaurants, with both working and pleasure boats setting the scene for picturesque views. Climb in Camden Hills State Park, and take in panoramic views of the area, including Megunticook Lake. Or head to the Merry Spring Nature Center, a unique sanctuary where horticulture and nature are combined. Interpretive trails lead all through the 66-acre estate. When you're finished hiking, return to the comfort and luxury of Cedar Crest.
Morse Mountain Road
This conservation area includes Morse Mountain and the upland edge of undeveloped and unspoiled Seawall Beach. The conservation area is managed by Bates College. The public is invited to walk during daylight hours. The hike is not difficult -- Morse Mountain which is only 177 feet above sea level. The walk is two miles each way on a partially paved road. There are hills to get to the peak, but then the rest is mostly downhill to the beach. You will travel through woodlands, salt marshes, up Morse Mountain to an overlook, and on to Seawall Beach. Take water and bug repellent. No services. No dogs, fires, or camping gear allowed.
Camden to Rockport Walk
To enjoy the gorgeous views of Maine Midcoast and Casco Bay near Camden, start at 2 Elm Street and walk along Bay View Street to Laite Beach, with views of the harbor and Curtis Island Lighthouse. Continue on Bay View to Seaview Cemetery and take a left onto Chestnut Street. Soon you will pass Aldermere Farm, a breeder of Belted Galloway cattle. Continue and take a left onto Calderwood Lane and watch look for stunning views of Casco Bay. Turn right onto Chapel Road, which passes Vesper Hill Chapel, with its lovely gardens.
Turn onto Continue down Chapel Road and turn right onto Beauchamp Road, which sticks close to shore of Rockport Harbor. From Beauchamp, you will connect to Mechanic Street. Follow this to the end. To return to Camden, take a right at the end of Mechanic Street and back into Camden Village. This 6-mile walk through the beautiful seaside village of Camden was adapted from www.camdenmaineexperience.com with our thanks.
Trailheads: Oak Hill and Kaler roads in Belfast; Routes 9 and 139 in Unity
Unity to Belfast, ME
This 47-mile footpath links Unity Village with City Point in Belfast where the Passagassawakeag River enters Belfast Harbor. Across the street from the Belfast trailhead is the northeast terminus of the Belfast Rail Trail, which winds southeast for 2.3 miles to downtown Belfast. The whole trail crosses nearly 7,000 acres of conserved lands; 30 miles of the trail is on private lands. Temporary trail closures, mostly related to hunting, are in place in several locations during the fall. The last closure ends on December 31. Dogs are allowed on most of the trail but must be kept under control; dogs are not allowed in a few locations. The middle section of the Hills to Sea Trail uses an existing 28-mile footpath network in Montville. These network trails have names and in some cases are marked with different colored paint blazes.
Trail map East Side.
Trail map West Side.
Dodge Point, on the western shore of the Damariscotta River, has 8,000 feet of frontage on the Damariscotta River with small sand and pebble beaches, vistas from the river shore, and freshwater ponds.
Four easy-to-moderate trails crisscross the property: Old Farm Road Trail (2 mile loop, easy; Ravine Trail (1.2 miles, moderate; Shore Trail (1.5 miles, easy; Timber Trail (0.8 miles, easy).
Take the interpretive trail that starts at the Old Farm Road and make sure you explore the Shore Trail for the best views.
Fort Point State Park Cape Jellison Road
Park on a peninsula offers picnicking with waterfront views; bicycle path, boating & fishing; lighthousse
Nice walking trails with beautiful views of Penobscot River from this park on a peninsula. See full description
of Fort Point State Park.
280 Belfast Road
Camden, ME, 04843
Park on the top of Mount Battie has beautiful views of the Bay; camping; hiking; bird watching
Nice trails allow plenty of opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and, in winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
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of Camden Hills State Park.