Visit Maine state and local parks for a camping and outdoors vacation
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Intersection of Routes 197 & 24 Richmond, ME Phone: 207-737-4307
Wild island with opportunities for hiking, camping, nature study. Ferry service to the island.
40 South Edmunds Road Edmunds Tpk, ME, 04628 Phone: 207-726-4412
Camping, walking, exploration at this park on a dramatic tidal bay
426 Wolfe's Neck Road Freeport, ME Phone: 207-865-4465
Good for picnicking, hiking and walking; an entry fee is charged.
Season and Hours: April to October.
Route 3 Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 Phone: 207-288-3338
Vast national park with outdoor activities year-round on Maine coast; carriage roads, hiking and rock climbing; gardens; tidepools; camping
Visitors come for many attractions, including walks and hikes to the tallest mountain on the Atlantic East Coast, Cadillac Mountain. The park is laced with 19th-century carriage trails for walking, biking, and driving in all seasons (one loop closes in winter).
Featured places to visit in the park are Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse on Mount Desert Island, with short trails on either side that provide spectacular views; Cadillac Mountain, reachable by a winding, three-mile road (closed from December through mid-April 14); Isle au Haut; and the Wild Gardens of Acadia.
Bicycling, bird watching, boating, rock climbing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, scenic drives, swimming, tidepool exploration, and winter activities like skiing and snowmobiling.
Visitor Centers: Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Route 3, is open late May through October; Park Headquarters, at is open November through mid May; Sieur de Monts Nature Center, at … is open late May through early October.
There are 3 campgrounds, Seawall, Duck Harbor, and Blackwoods. The last is open year-round with primitive, walk-in camping December through March. Find information on Campgrounds.
Click here to view a map or Acadia National Park (PDF)
973 South Lubec Road Lubec, ME, 04652 Phone: 207-733-0911
Magnificent views of New Brunswick; walks along cliffs; near historic lighthouse
Park trail map
740 Fort Knox Road Prospect, ME Phone: 207-469-6553
Historic fort adjacent to bridge and 420-foot-tall observatory overlooking Penobscot River Valley
Hours: Fort Knox is open May 1-October 31, 9 a.m.-sunset. The grounds are open year round.
Via Route 189 through Lubec and across the FDR Memorial Bridge Through Lubec, ME Phone: 506-752-2922
Eight miles of trails at this park honoring U.S. - Canada friendship
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..
280 Belfast Road Camden, ME, 04843 Phone: 207-236-3109
Park on the top of Mount Battie has beautiful views of the Bay; camping; hiking; bird watching
11 Park Access Road Casco, ME Phone: 207-793-6231
Swimming, sport fishing, and boating are some of the summer activities enjoyed by visitors. Also, motor boating, canoeing, fishing, and trail hiking. There is a boat launch that accommodates trailers. In winter, park visitors do cross country skiing and snowshoeing.
There is a 250-site campground, with a group picnic shelter, playground, RV dumping station and hookups for electricity and water, and showers. Visitors enjoy walking on wooded and marked trail and bicycling on park roads. Open May 1-October 15 for full uses. Campground map.
Off Shore Road Cape Elizabeth, ME Phone: 207-433-5910
Seaside park includes beloved lighthouse; good for walks, picnics, ocean views
13 Myrle's Way Greenville, ME Phone: 207-695-2700
A 2-mile walking trail follows the shoreline between the beach and Rowell Cove campground, offering easy terrain and nice views out to Moosehead Lake.
Hours: Memorial Day through Columbus Day, daily, 9 a.m.-sunset
Fort Point State Park Cape Jellison Road Searsport, ME Phone: 207-941-4014
Park on a peninsula offers picnicking with waterfront views; bicycle path, boating & fishing; lighthousse
Fort Point State Park Brochure
64 Balsam Drive Millinocket, ME, 04462 Phone: 207-723-5140
A large state wilderness that offers recreational activities in the water and on land; a popular camping and hiking spot
Season & Hours: Open year-round.
375 Seguinland Road Georgetown, ME, 04548 Phone: 207-371-2303
Excellent swimming beach on Sheepscot Bay; saltwater lagoon
10 Perkins Farm Lane (Route 209) Popham Beach, ME, 04562 Phone: 207-389-1335
Long beach with vast views; strong tide and surf action can make sand area very small at times
Deep Cove Road, off State Route 190 Eastport, ME, 04631 Phone: 207-941-4014
Hours: Open all year; daily, 9 a.m. to sunset unless otherwise posted.
66 Two Lights Road Cape Elizabeth, ME, 04107 Phone: 207-799-5871
Good for walking and hiking, fishing, swimming, and boating.
Season & Hours: Memorial Day to Columbus Day. A fee is charged to enter the park.
528 Hallowell Road Pownal, ME, 04069 Phone: 207-688-4712
Great views from top of Mount Bradbury; lots for trails for walking, mountain biking, horseback
Trail map -- west side.
Trail map -- east side.
87 State Park Road Presque Isle, ME, 04769 Phone: 207-768-8341
All forms of year-round, outdoor activity are done at this remote park on Echo Lake
The northernmost of all Maine state parks is set alongside Echo Lake. 577 acres offering hiking and cross-country ski trails, fishing, swimming areas and picnicking. Boating and canoeing are permitted in the lake. Public campgrounds are available for a fee. Reservations are suggested.
State Street, past Eastern Maine Medical Center Bangor, ME, 04401 Phone: 207-992-4490
Nice in-town park overlooks river; good for strolling
1941 Bear River Road Newry, ME, 04261 Phone: 207-824-2912
Back country hiking; birdwatching; snowmobiling
95 Bayview Road (Route 9) Saco, ME, 04072 Phone: 207-283-0067
Sweet, sandy beach; picnicking; walking trails