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Walking and hiking from sea to mountains are great activities in Maine

Come to Maine's cities, towns, seacoast, and mountains for walking and hiking in beautiful settings for people of all ages and abilitiesss

806 Spencer Pond Road Beaver Cove, ME, 04617 Phone: 207-745-1599

Good Night’s Sleep Rewards Hikers

This cluster of comfortable but rustic cabins aside Spencer Pond in Maine’s Moosehead Lake Region provides an ideal retreat for people who love the unsullied outdoors. The sounds of brezes in the pines, lapping pond waves, peeping frogs and the occasional loon call replace the squawk of modern life: there’s no electricity here. That means a quiet night’s sleep will prep you for mountain hikes among any of the many trails accessible from Spencer Pone Camps. Passing through forests, crossing bogs, tracing old lumber roads: these walks will take you close to the life of the Maine forest. Sightings of moose, beaver, ospreys, and all manner of birds are in store for hikers. The Camp managers, who are registered guides, can offer guided eco-tours.

12 Normal Road Bar Harbor, ME, 04609 Phone: 207-288-3210

Bright and modern Bar Harbor hotel with panoramic views of Acadia National Park.

Bar Harbor’s newest hotel offers stunning views of the ocean and mountains from a private location just a short walk from downtown.

Guest rooms feature an upscale design - sleep well in the clean and fresh Hampton bed and enjoy amenities including free WiFi, refrigerator, and work desk. Upgrade to a suite for more space and amenities, including balcony with ocean views. Join us each morning for Hampton’s free hot breakfast buffet, featuring our famous freshly baked waffles.

Amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, fitness center, and 24-hour business center.

115 Elm Street Camden, ME, 04843 Phone: 207-236-4839 Toll-Free: 800-422-4964

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.

Park Loop Road Bar Harbor, ME Phone:

This is an easy trail along a handsome stretch of coastline between Sand Beach and Otter Point. The path travels along Park Loop Road. The trail passes several famous spots, including Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Monument Cove, and Otter Cliff. This is a flat gravel path and the elevation gain is a mere 100 feet. The distance is two miles one way from Sand Beach to Otter Point. Note that Park Loop Road is closed December to April
Access is at Sand Beach parking lot or Otter Point parking lot.

Route 201 The Forks, ME Phone:

The first half of the Moxie Falls Trail is flat, through mixed woods as it travels towards the falls. Halfway down the trail, a welcome sign indicates the falls are not far. Within a quarter of a mile, the trail begins to get a little steeper, followed by stairs and boardwalks surrounding the falls. There are several observation platforms. This is not a loop trail, return by retracing the walk.
Directions: The township of Moxie Gore is 50 miles north of Skowhegan on US Route 201. Upon reaching the village of The Forks, look to turn right onto Moxie Pond Road (Lake Moxie RD on DeLorme's Maine Atlas & Gazetteer). There is a rest area between the Moxie Pond Road and the river. The trailhead is located approximately 2.3 miles further on this road on the left.

off Weld-to-Byron Road Weld, ME Phone:

The Tumbledown Mountain and Little Jackson Mountain trail network is composed of six trails and two trailheads for advanced hikers wishing to see some of the most unique features in Maine. Tumbledown Mountain includes three peaks, 700-foot cliffs and a pond near the summit. Little Jackson Mountain is higher elevation and offers different views, like Saddleback and Sugarloaf to the north and Mount Blue and Webb Lake to the East.
See website for description of trails: Brook Trail (1.9 miles, moderate); Parker Ridge Trail (2.9 miles, advanced); Loop Trail (1.5 miles, advanced); Tumbledown Ridge Trail (0.7 miles); Pond Link Trail (1.1 miles); Little Jackson Mountain Trail (3.6 miles, advanced). Trail guide.

Via Kittredge Road or Tripp Drive, off Stillwater Avenue Bangor, ME Phone: 207-992-4514

Bangor City Forest is 680 acres of wildlife habitat and working forest. More than nine miles of trail are available for running, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. It is owned by the city of Bangor and it is open throughout the year. Dogs on Main Road, Shannon Road, Tripp Drive, and East Trail must be on a leash at all times. Hunting is prohibited. Walden-Parke Preserve, owned by the Bangor Land Trust, encompasses more than 300 acres adjacent to City Forest, on the west side of the former Veazie Railroad bed. It features more than three miles of hiking, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing trails.
To Get There: The forest is accessible via Kittredge Road and Tripp Drive. Kittredge Road is at the intersection of Hogan Road and Stillwater Avenue, near the Bangor Mall. Tripp Drive is off Stillwater Avenue, 1.6 miles north of the junction of Stillwater Avenue and Hogan Road, just before the kennel and concrete factory. If you're coming from the south on the interstate, you can take Exit 186 (Stillwater Avenue) or Exit 187 (Hogan Road). Find a trail.

Perkins Cove to Ogunquit Beach Ogunquit, ME Phone: 207-641-2200

This one-to-one-and-a-half mile foot path runs along the shoreline, offering spectacular water views. There are several areas where it is possible to exit the Marginal Way between the two end points. The south end is Jackie's To Restaurants on Perkins Cove Road and the north end is Beach Street and River Road at Ogunquit Beach. You can enter the path at Perkins Cove or the Marginal Way Lighthouse or at the Sparhawk.
Two municipal parking lots serve the Marginal Way. One lot is at Perkins Cove, at the south end of the Marginal Way. Obed's Lot is at the north end of the Marginal Way, and can be entered from Cottage Street (off of Shore Road). Marginal Way Trail Map.

Carson Trail of the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge

321 Port Road Wells, ME Phone: 207-646-9226

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, named for the pioneering environmentalist, was established to protect coastal habitats of birds and other wildlife. It includes 11 parcels of land along the Maine coast between Kittery and Cape Elizabeth, and it is headquartered in Wells. The refuge welcomes visitors for walking and hiking, fishing, hunting, kayaking and canoeing, and wildlife photography and observation. Information: http://1.usa.gov/102Wp2v
The Carson Trail starts at the Carson headquarters in Wells. It is a one-mile walk with views of one of southern Maine’s most valuable ecosystems. Leashed dogs are allowed on the Carson Trail. All refuge trails are open 7 days a week during daylight hours only. Leashed dogs are allowed on trails. Trail map

28 Oldfields Road South Berwick, ME, 03908 Phone: 207-384-5160

This park encompasses 250 acres for forested land along the Salmon Falls River. The park has several hiking trails through stands of pine and hemlock. The trails make up a large loop of three miles in all. Shorter loops may be used. There are locations for picnicking.
Trail information.

Off Deep Cove Road Eastport, ME Phone: 207-941-4014

Shackford Head State Park covers 90 acres on Moose Island overlooking Cobscook Bay. This promontory at the entrance to Cobscook Bay encircles the west side of Broad Cove. Several miles of interconnected trails cross the headland. The trails range from easy to difficult.A hiking trail from the parking area leads through woods to a rocky headland 173 feet above sea level, passing several pocket beaches and protected coves. From this outlook, visitors can see Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada, the town of Lubec, and the Eastport cargo pier on Estes Head.
The best shore access is at Cony Beach (by the parking area) or from the Broad Cove Trail. Trails near the parking area provide some access for wheelchairs but the entire trail network is not handicap accessible. Park trails afford great opportunities for wildlife watching as. Ornithologists have documented 28 bird species on the headland. Shackford Head State Park is not routinely staffed. Please take extra precautions when you visit as there is no ranger assistance close by. Wear sturdy footwear and be prepared for uneven terrain.

Route 27 Carrabassett Valley, ME, 04947 Phone: 207-778-8231

Set on 35,027 acres, this preserve is along Flagstaff Lake. There are many mountains within the preserve. Extensive trails for both hiking and cross-country skiing are for experienced hikers and skiers. There is also swimming, paddling, fishing, and hunting. Snowmobile trails traverse the park. Trail map.

Eastport Historic District

Visitors to Eastport will enjoy walking past the dozens of 18th and 19th century structures, including many restored sea captains' homes.

off Route 112 / Buxton Road Saco, ME Phone:

 You can find and explore a real peat heath much nearer to home than the novels of Victorian England. The Saco Heath Preserve formed when ponds filled with decaying plant material grew together to form a raised coalesced bog. The preserve offers a self-guided hike along a woodland trail to a boardwalk through the heath’s varied peatland communities. In the spring, the heathland plants bloom, spreading a carpet of lavender, pink and white across the heath. To get there: Take Exit 36 off I-95/Maine Turnpike. Take the first exit after the tollbooth and turn left onto Industrial Park Road. Turn right onto Route 112, Buxton Road. Follow Route 112 about two miles. The parking lot for the preserve will be on the right in a wooded area. Brochure. Trail map.

153 Hospital St. Augusta, ME, 04332 Phone: 207-621-0031

Viles Arboretum offers 150 acres of fields and 74 acres of forest for recreation  and nature viewing, particularly bird-watching. Six miles of trails off plenty of room for walking, jogging, biking, and even horseback riding. Tables and benches for rest and picnics are scattered throughout the property. In the winter, trails are groomed separately for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Also, there is a sledding hill.

Pigeon Hill Road Steuben, ME Phone:

The trail up Pigeon Hill climbs steadily through open woodlands and ascends a steep rocky section before it breaks open to reveal the summit and its glorious views. It is moderate difficulty. Descending by the less steep Summit Loop Trail and the Silver Mine Trail creates a figure eight loop, provides additional views and passes an old silver mining area. The Historic Trail offers the most direct route to the top, but you can combine the Summit Loop, Ledge Woods and Silver Mine trails for a slightly longer journey. Total length of the hike is about 1.6 miles.

Timber Point Trail of the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge

end of Granite Point Road Biddeford (Wells), ME, 04090 Phone: 207-646-9226

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, named for the pioneering environmentalist, was established to protect coastal habitats of birds and other wildlife. It includes 11 parcels of land along the Maine coast between Kittery and Cape Elizabeth, and it is headquartered in Wells. The refuge welcomes visitors for walking and hiking, fishing, hunting, kayaking and canoeing, and wildlife photography and observation. Information: www.fws.gov/northeast/rachelcarson/opportunities.html#trails
The trail passes a fresh water wetland and has beautiful salt marsh, river and ocean views. A wheelchair-accessible trail ends at an observation platform overlooking the mouth of the Little River. At the end of the trail, Timber Island is accessible by a land bridge at low tide, only. The trail is open from sunrise to sunset. No pets are allowed on the trail. Foot traffic only. Trail map.

Park Loop Road Bar Harbor, ME Phone:

The one-and –a-half-mile Great Head Trail is considered moderate difficulty. It loops around the perimeter of the Great Head peninsula just east of Sand Beach. Good for both adults and kids, Park in the lower Sand Beach parking area located on the left of the Park Loop Road. You also can get to the trail from Schooner Head Road outside of Bar Harbor. Granite steps lead down to the beautiful Sand Beach. This hike has views of The Beehive, Thunder Hole and the ocean.

Off Tripp Drive Bangor, ME Phone: 207-866-2578

The Orono Bog Boardwalk is a place to see the fascinating plants and animals of a Maine bog. The 1-mile boardwalk loop trail begins at the forested wetland edge in the Bangor City Forest and crosses into the Orono Bog. The boardwalk passes through a range of vegetation and environments on its way to the open, peat moss carpeted center of the Orono Bog. Boardwalk visitors can read colored signs with illustrations of common species of bog plants and animals, and explanations to go along with them. The boardwalk accommodates wheelchairs. Benches for rest and contemplation are provided at least every 200 feet. Bicyclists can park their bikes at the bike rack. Dogs are not allowed on the boardwalk.
Hours: the boardwalk is open to the public May 1 until Thanksgiving weekend or the first snowfall, whichever comes first. Admission is free.

Cutts Island Trail of the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge

Seapoint Road off of Cutts Island Lane Kittery, ME Phone: 207-646-9226

Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge, named for the pioneering environmentalist, was established to protect coastal habitats of birds and other wildlife. It includes 11 parcels of land along the Maine coast between Kittery and Cape Elizabeth, and it is headquartered in Wells. The refuge welcomes visitors for walking and hiking, fishing, hunting, kayaking and canoeing, and wildlife photography and observation. Information: www.fws.gov/northeast/rachelcarson/opportunities.html#trails
The Cutts Island Trail is about 2 miles of 1.8 miles of scenic upland hiking and salt marsh views. Open from sunrise to sunset for walking only. No pets are allowed. Hunting is allowed by permit only from the refuge. Walkers during hunting season should wear an orange hat or vest/coat. Trail map.

Trailheads at Elm Street and Casco Bay end of Marginal Way Portland, ME Phone:

This 1-mile trail is a flat, paved surface through the Bayside and East Bayside neighborhoods. It extends at the south end from Elm Street between Somerset Street and Marginal Way and parallels Marginal Way, linking with the East Promenade and the Back Cove Trails near the highway overpass where Route 1 crosses Back Cove. There are several benches and three water fountains. Trail is good for walkers, runners, and bicyclists.

1941 Bear River Road Newry, ME, 04261 Phone: 207-824-2912

Back country hiking; birdwatching; snowmobiling

Back country hiking with fantastic views. Walks near waterfalls and gorges. The rugged terrain includes a dozen of the toughtest miles along the entire Appalachian Trail. Easier trails and loops also are available. See full description of Grfton Notch State Park

The 4.8 miles section from South Windham to Westbrook is now open for pedestrian use. The first 1.5 milesfrom South Windham is a flat, easy walking path on an undeveloped rail bed. The remaining 3.5 miles, to Bridge Street in Westbrook, is on railroad tracks. Members of the Sebago to the Sea Trail Coalition have been working to a continuous trail from Sebago Lake to Casco Bay. (Google map link shown here is approximate.) See map.

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

Hiking throughout 200,000 acres of preserved wilderness on the Trout Brook Farm, South Branch Pond, Katahdin Lake, Roaring Brook, and Abol Trails.
See full description of Baxter State Park.

At a length of 6.5 miles, Kennebec River Rail Trail is open for walking, running, cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, and dog walking. The trail runs alongside the rail bed along the Kennebec River, and extends from Waterfront Park in Augusta, and through the towns of Hallowell, Farmingdale, and Gardiner.
Access points to the trail are Greenville Street in Hallowell; and four sites in Farmingdale: Kennebec Bike and Ski at 357 Maine Avenue, Pine Hill Drive, Bowman Street, and Sheldon Street. Trail walkers and hikers may park in Augusta at MSHA parking lot on Water Street, the trail head under the Memorial Bridge, and at Capitol Park. In Hallowell, parking is at the municipal lot on Front Street. In Gardiner, park at Hannaford, 100 Maine Avenue.

North Main Street to Riverside Drive Presque Isle, ME Phone:

This four-and-a-half-mile biking and walking path follows the rail bed of the former Canadian Pacific Railway through Presque Isle. The path, which is paved, traverses the city and the grounds of the University of Maine, offering beautiful views of Presque Isle Stream. The trail travels aside the river for a short bit in Bicentennial Park on the north end before crossing to Chapman Street and continuing south. At the south end of the walk, enter the path at the convention center (Green Hill Road at US 1). At the north end of the walk, park off Riverside Drive right near the river behind the district court building.

Off Shore Road Cape Elizabeth, ME Phone: 207-433-5910

Seaside park includes beloved lighthouse; good for walks, picnics, ocean views

The park on the ocean just south of Portsmouth contains the famous Portland Head Lighthouse and Museum, along with many pleasant paths for walking and bicycling. See full description of Fort Williams State Park.

40 South Edmunds Road Edmunds Tpk, ME, 04628 Phone: 207-726-4412

Camping, walking, exploration at this park on a dramatic tidal bay

Lots of hiking and walking trails are found at this interesting park on a tidal bay, with dramatic high and low tide changes. Trail map.
See full description of Cobscook Bay State Park.

425 Spring Street Madawaska, ME Phone:

Four Seasons Lodge and Trails is the home base or people who love year-round outdoor recreation in the stunning heights of Maine. Guests can enjoy cross country skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing and nature hikes. There’s a modern lodge, 8 km of Nordic ski trails, a Kid’s Terrain Park, a sliding hill with a ski-through tunnel. Snowshoe trails weave among the ski system. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available. All trails start from the lodge. Trail maps.

Morse Mountain Road Phippsburg, ME Phone: 207-786-6202

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.

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

Nice trails allow plenty of opportunities for hiking, horseback riding, and, in winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. See full description of Camden Hills State Park.

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

Lots of trails and 19th-century carriage roads lace this magnificent park. You can walk to the top of Cadillac Mountain. See full description of Acadia National Park.

River Road Newcastle, ME Phone:

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. Trail map.

973 South Lubec Road Lubec, ME, 04652 Phone: 207-733-0911

Magnificent views of New Brunswick; walks along cliffs; near historic lighthouse

Marvelous views and walks along the cliffs of this easternmost island in the United States. Park trail map. See full description of Quoddy Head State Park.

305 Commercial Street Portland, ME Phone: 207-775-2411

This organization maintains a 50-mile network of trails in Greater Portland. Thirty-one trails, offering a great variety of surroundings, are described in detail, with helpful maps. A few highlights of the system are:
Eastern Promenade Trail. This trail is located on a former rail corridor and it has harbor and ocean views. You can find benches and picnic tables along the trail and at East End Beach. Paved and stone dust trails run in parallel and follow the water’s edge. The trail slopes slightly near the Portland Water District treatment plant and at Tukey’s Bridge, where it connects to the Back Cove Trail. Handicapped accessible, dogs allowed on leash. Length is 2.1 miles. Accessible by: Bus 1 and Bus 8
Fore River Sanctuary . This sanctuary is where you will find the Jewell Falls waterfall and the location of the old Cumberland and Oxford Canal. The lowland brackish area, where saltwater and freshwater marsh join, is a place where bird watchers thrive. A short walk down Congress Street sidewalks leads to the Fore River Trail and Stroudwater Trail. To connect to the Capisic Brook Trail, follow a path from Frost Street up to Riverview Street. Open from dawn to dusk, year-round. Dogs are allowed in some areas. Park on Frost Street in the signed spaces in Maine Orthopedic Center’s lot or on Rowe Avenue.
Back Cove Trail . Back Cove offers great views of the Portland skyline. Ideal for walking, running, biking (road/mountain) and dog walking. You will find benches and two water fountains along the trail. Toilets are in the parking lots at Preble Street and Payson Park. This is a loop trail with stone dust and paved surfaces–mostly flat with a slight rise along I-295. The Back Cove Trail connects to the Bayside & Eastern Promenade Trail under Tukey’s Bridge. Dogs allowed on leash. Length is 3.6 miles. Accessible by: Bus 8.
Presumpscot River Preserve . The trail follows a deep ravine into the Preserve and it is steep in places. Boardwalks and bridges pass over wet areas and permit for mountain bike access. At the river’s edge, signs direct walkers and bikers upstream or downstream, both with beautiful river views. Upstream, the trail had short loops into wooded, upland areas and then continues along the shoreline and under the highway overpass for another mile. Downstream, the trail reaches Presumpscot Falls. Length is 2.5 miles Uses include dogs walking, biking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, bird watching. Accessible by Bus 9B, Stop: Summit & Curtis streets.

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

Lots of multi-use trails on the mountainside park allow walking, mountain biking, horseback riding. See full description of Bradbury Mountain State Park

Fore Street, Old Port, and Congress Street Walk

Portland is so dense with elegant 19th-century urban architecture and waterfront views that any walk through the city is a scenic stroll. A couple of the standout areas are Fore Street along the waterfront, famous for its progressive food culture; the Old Port waterfront; and Congress Street, including the city's Museum of Art, City Hall, and other monumental buildings. These routes all pass waterfront and urban parks, with neat public sculpture and busy social scenes. See the attached map for points of interest.

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.

426 Wolfe's Neck Road Freeport, ME Phone: 207-865-4465

Good for picnicking, hiking and walking; an entry fee is charged.

Walk or hike along Casco Bay Trail. Follow scenic paths to views of nearby Eagle, Counsin, and other islands. The longer Harraseeket Trail offers one-and-a-half miles of bay views and is more difficult in comparison to the half-mile North Loop Trail, which is a less challenging walk with views of a nearby farm.
See full description of Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park.

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

Nice walking trails with beautiful views of Penobscot River from this park on a peninsula. See full description of Fort Point State Park.