Acadia National Park is one of the gems of Maine's state and local parks
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
This national park is simply put, an amazing experience. The oldest national park on the east coast, visitors will enjoy a variety of wonders including the unusual geological formations, nature and wildlife, scheduled events, scenic drives, hiking, biking and boat cruises. Don't forget to look for the puffins, North America's answer to the penguin. Fishing sites abound, with approximately 20 lakes and ponds to choose from. Public camping is available at two locations, and there are fees for camping and for entering the park.
Cobscook Bay State Park
Dennysville, ME 04628
This park offers visitors a bevy of activities: canoeing, fishing, a scenic drive, hiking trails, picnic areas, and cross-country and snowmobile trails in the winter. There is a public campsite available. Open May 15-Oct. 15.
Cobscook Reversing Falls Park
A remarkable natural phenomenon: The strong tidal surges actually make these waterfalls seem like they're falling backwards at certain times of the day.
Holbrook Island Sanctuary
Brooksville, ME 04617
Pebbly beach on Smith Cove of Penobscot Bay, no lifeguard, launch for canoes and kayaks, open pit toilets, picnic area, walking trails, parking. No admission or parking fees.
Lamoine State Park
This park offers both fishing and picnic areas. A public campground is available.
Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge
Calais, ME 04619
This nature preserve offers trails and roads for wildlife observation. In the wintertime, the unplowed roads become cross-country ski trails. Fishing and deer hunting are permitted.
Quoddy Head State Park
Visitors to this park will enjoy hiking trails, splendid views (with possibilities for whale watching), and picnic areas. The eastern most point of land and lighthouse in the United States are adjacent to the park. Open May 15-Oct. 15.
Roosevelt Campobello International Park
Via Route 189 through Lubec and across the FDR Memorial Bridge
Through Lubec, ME
The park is located on Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada. Accessible by FDR Memorial Bridge from the U.S. town of Lubec, this was the summer home for President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Now a 2,600-acre park, visitors can see the home or hike on more than eight miles of trails. Today Roosevelt Campobello International Park serves as a memorial to FDR and a symbol of cooperation between the U.S. and Canada.
Grounds open year round from a half-hour before sunrise to a half-hour after sunset. Visitor Center and Roosevelt Cottage open Saturday before Memorial Day through Columbus Day, daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
Roque Bluffs State Park
145 Schoppee Point Road
Roque Bluffs, ME 04654
Phone: 207-255-3475 (Park season
This 300-acre park features fishing, picnic area with grills, changing areas with toilets, a playground, and a scenic stretch of beach with ocean swimming. Cliffs on the state's Bold Coast offer dramatic views.