Visit Maine state and local parks for a camping and outdoors vacation
Bar Harbor, ME, 04609
Vast national park with outdoor activities year-round on Maine coast; carriage roads, hiking and rock climbing; gardens; tidepools; camping
This magnificent park on the rugged coast of Maine is on Mount Desert Island; it surrounds the town of Bar Harbor.
Visitors come for many attractions and activities, like bicycling, bird watching, boating, rock climbing, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, scenic drives, swimming, skiing and snowmobiling.
Featured places are Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse on Mount Desert Island; Cadillac Mountain; Isle au Haut; and the Wild Gardens of Acadia. The park is laced with 19th-century carriage trails for walking, biking, and driving.
Visitor Centers: Hulls Cove Visitor Center, Route 3, and the Sieur de Monts Nature Center are open May through October; Park Headquarters is open November through mid-May.
64 Balsam Drive
Millinocket, ME, 04462
A large state wilderness that offers recreational activities in the water and on land; a popular camping and hiking spot
A wilderness of more than 200,000 acres, Baxter State Park is a hiking and fishing paradise. Within the park borders are 46 mountains, 175 miles of hiking trails, and 10 public campgrounds. Ample fishing and canoeing is available in lakes and streams, and regulated hunting is permitted. Baxter is also the northern end of the Appalachian Trail. Wintertime offers cross-country ski trails, snowshoeing, winter hiking, and limited snowmobiling.
Season & Hours: Open year-round.
40 South Edmunds Road
Edmunds Tpk, ME, 04628
Camping, walking, exploration at this park on a dramatic tidal bay
Cobscook Bay surrounds this park on three sides and offers the natural beauty of dramatically changing tides, from 24 to 28 feet, compared to an average of 9 feet along Maine's southern coast. The park has 106 campsites for tents and recreational vehicles (RVs) along a sheltered inlet within the larger bay. There is a boat launch, but boaters should be aware of dangerous rapids created by fast-moving tides. Lots of fun trails to explore.
Via Route 189 through Lubec and across the FDR Memorial Bridge
Through Lubec, ME
Eight miles of trails at this park honoring U.S. - Canada friendship
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.
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..
87 State Park Road
Presque Isle, ME, 04769
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.
66 Two Lights Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME, 04107
Good for walking and hiking, fishing, swimming, and boating.
Visitors to this seaside park will enjoy the beach, ocean swimming, and fishing, not to mention spectacular coastal views of Seal Cove and Richmond Island Harbor. A snack bar and bathhouses are available. There are picnic tables with grills.
Season & Hours: Memorial Day to Columbus Day. A fee is charged to enter the park.
973 South Lubec Road
Lubec, ME, 04652
Magnificent views of New Brunswick; walks along cliffs; near historic lighthouse
Quoddy Head State Park is on the tip of America's easternmost peninsula, and adjacent to the historic West Quoddy Head Lighthouse
. Great place for a picnic, to enjoy scenery, and to explore trails along the cliffs. Visitors can the towering red cliffs of Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick, Canada, across the Quoddy Channel. Open May 15 to October 15.
Park trail map
426 Wolfe's Neck Road
Good for picnicking, hiking and walking; an entry fee is charged.
This state park features hiking trails, fishing and picnic areas. Five minutes from shopping and dining in downtown Freeport, the park has climax white pine and hemlock forests, a salt marsh estuary, and rocky shorelines on Casco Bay and the Harraseeket River.
Season and Hours: April to October.
1941 Bear River Road
Newry, ME, 04261
Back country hiking; birdwatching; snowmobiling
Grafton Notch State Park is in the mountains Mahoosuc Range. The land is rugged terrain for backcountry hikers. The reward for summiting these steep peaks is spectacular views. Visitors can find shorter walks leading to waterfalls and gorges. The park is part of the Maine Birding Trail, where people can see peregrine falcons and songbirds. Property is use in winter by snowshoers, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers enjoy exploring the lands. The popular snowmobile route ITS 82 runs across this region from Andover to New Hampshire's Trail 18.
95 Bayview Road (Route 9)
Saco, ME, 04072
Sweet, sandy beach; picnicking; walking trails
This small state park is located between Old Orchard Beach and Camp Ellis. Ocean beach for swimming, clam digging, surf fishing, picnicking. There is a changing room. Visitors can take a nature walk on a shaded trail. Dogs are not allowed on the beach from April 1 to September 30. Park is open Memorial Day to October 1. Day use fees are charged.
Deep Cove Road, off State Route 190
Eastport, ME, 04631
Shackford Head State Park covers 90 acres on Moose Island overlooking Cobscook Bay.
This undeveloped park on a peninsula has beaches, coves, and a dramatic headland at Shackford Head. Several miles of trails cross the headland. An easy hike of one mile from the parking area through the woods to the rocky headland allows beautiful views of Cobscook Bay. No admission fee. Trail map.
Open all year; daily, 9 a.m. to sunset unless otherwise posted.
Intersection of Routes 197 & 24
Wild island with opportunities for hiking, camping, nature study. Ferry service to the island.
Swan Island in the Kennebec River -- a state wildlife management area -- has unique river, forest and meadow habitats for eagles, white-tailed deer, songbirds and wild turkeys. The island has hiking and mountain biking trails, an overnight campground, and spectacular scenery. Kayak and mountain bike rentals are available. Ferry service from Richmond town dock is provided. Admission fees.
280 Belfast Road
Camden, ME, 04843
Park on the top of Mount Battie has beautiful views of the Bay; camping; hiking; bird watching
Camden Hills State Park is parked atop Mount Battie, with vast views of Camden and Penobscot Bay and its islands, Mount Megunticook, the highest peak in the park, is a moderate climb by foot trail. The family-friendly campground has hot showers, a group picnic shelter, picnic area, RV dumping station, RV hookups for electricity and water, and wireless Internet access. Activities at the park include birdwatching, camping, cross-country skiing, hiking (trails), horseback riding, off-road biking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, walking, and nature viewing. Open May 15-October 15. A fee is charged.
13 Myrle's Way
Lily Bay State Park is located on the shore of Moosehead Lake. Activities at this parking include birdwatching, motor boating, canoeing, fishing, swimming, trail hiking and walking, picnicking, and wildlife observation. There is a boat launch for trailered boats. There is a campground with a playground, showers, and an RV dumping station. In winter, cross-country ski trails are groomed and a parking lot for skiers and snowshoers is plowed. Visitors may use snowmobiles in the park.
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
State Street, past Eastern Maine Medical Center
Bangor, ME, 04401
Nice in-town park overlooks river; good for strolling
Cascade Park, the city’s most beautiful and popular park, features a lighted water fountain and a water fall that's more than 20 feet high. The park, which overlooks the Penobscot River, also has a small gazebo, picnic tables, and short walking trails.
11 Park Access Road
Located on beautiful Segabo Lake at the foot of the While Mountains, this park has sandy beaches, extensive woodlands, ponds, a river, and a large range of wildlife.
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.
Off Shore Road
Cape Elizabeth, ME
Seaside park includes beloved lighthouse; good for walks, picnics, ocean views
Fort Williams Park is large swath of land south of Portland and it includes the Portland Head Lighthouse, one of the most popular in Maine for visiting and photographing. The park has many paths for walking and bicycling, playing fields, picnic areas, and tennis courts. The tower of Portland Head Lighthouse
is not open to the public, but the keepers’ quarters at 1000 Shore Road has a museum with many interpretive displays about these guardians of the coast ( 207- 799-2661). The park hosts several annual events, like family fun day and a Labor Day art show. The park is open year-round, sunrise to sunset.
10 Perkins Farm Lane (Route 209)
Popham Beach, ME, 04562
Long beach with vast views; strong tide and surf action can make sand area very small at times
Bordering the south side of the mouth of the Kennebec River, Popham Beach State Park has a fantastically long stretch of sand beach with views of offshore island and the the Kennebec and Morse rivers. Sand movement has had a strong effect on Popham Beach, causing shoreline change and dune erosion. Certain tide conditions can result in high water and little sand area. Call the Popham Beach State Park's Hotline during the summer for current tide and parking information: (207) 389-9125. From October 1 to March 31 dogs are allowed on the beach, on a 4-foot leash.
375 Seguinland Road
Georgetown, ME, 04548
Excellent swimming beach on Sheepscot Bay; saltwater lagoon
This oceanfront park features a saltwater lagoon and Mile Beach. Visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing, and picnic areas. Open year-round. Park map.
Fort Point State Park Cape Jellison Road
Park on a peninsula offers picnicking with waterfront views; bicycle path, boating & fishing; lighthousse
Peninsula park with waterfront picnicking, boating, fishing, bicycle trails
Location on a peninsula of a peninsula in the Penobscot River, this park has picnic spots on the waterfront, and pier for fishing and boating, and a scenic trail for bicycling. The park’s 120 acres nas a mile of rocky shore, a tidal sandbar, and lots of plants and wildlife. The rubble of of Fort Pownall on this site contain interpretive panels. Bicyclists can enjoy a seven-mile trail around Cape Jellison. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. An entrance fee is charged.
Fort Point State Park Brochure
740 Fort Knox Road
Historic fort adjacent to bridge and 420-foot-tall observatory overlooking Penobscot River Valley
On the west bank of the Penobscot River, Fort Knox is a well-preserved fortification that overlooks the Penobscot Narrows. The fort has many interesting architectural features. The fort is also the entranceway to the Penobscot Narrows Bridge boasts an observation tower, 420 feet above sea level. The tower provides a view of the Penobscot River Valley, and it is unique in the Western Hemisphere. The observation platform has 360-degree views and placards naming the mountains, lakes and towns.
Hours: Fort Knox is open May 1-October 31, 9 a.m.-sunset. The grounds are open year round.
528 Hallowell Road
Pownal, ME, 04069
Great views from top of Mount Bradbury; lots for trails for walking, mountain biking, horseback
Situated on Route 9 about halfway between Portland and Lewiston-Auburn, this park is best for its wonderful views and for hiking on multi-use trails that allow horseback riders, mountain bikers and snowmobilers. (Snow shoe rentals are available.) West of Route 9, the Summit Trail is the quickest route to views from the top of Bradbury Mountain. Trails on the east of Route 9 are favored by mountain bikers. Fall is a popular time for visits by people to see the fall foliage and enjoy bird watching. Spring is best time to watch hawk migration; it is time for the annual hawk watch.
Trail map -- west side.
Trail map -- east side.