Just a mile from downtown Freeport, Mast Landing, located on the Harraseeket River estuary, offers 100 acres of fields, orchards, lowlands, and mature white pine and hemlock forest habitat. More than three miles of easy-to-moderate trails wind along a stream and tidal marsh. The trails are popular are ideal for hiking and cross-country skiing.
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.
Maiden’s Cliff Trail in Camden Hills State Park
Route 52 NorthCamden, MEPhone:
The Maiden’s Cliff Trail in Camden Hills State Park leads to an 800-foot-tall cliff with beautiful views of Megunticook Lake. It is a one-mile walk of moderate difficulty. The white cross on top of Maiden's Cliff is a memorial to an 11-year old girl who fell off the cliff in May 1864.
The trail to Maiden's Cliff is often combined with other hiking trails in Camden Hills State Park. A favorite sequence is to walk the Maiden's Cliff Trail and then connect to the Scenic Trail, which is 0.8 miles and moderate difficulty. Scenic Trail leads to Miller ledges and views of Raged and Bald mountains to the west. Leaving the ledges, Ridge Trail turns to the interior of Camden Hills State Park, and ultimately returns to Maiden Cliff Trail. The three tails combined create a very popular hike in the Camden Hills. Also, there is a beach, picnic grounds and boat launch just across Route 52 from the trailhead. Trail map. To Get There: From Camden, travel north on US Route 1 to the intersection of US Route 1 and ME Route 52. Follow ME Route 52 north for approximately 2.8 miles. The parking area for Maiden Cliff will be on the right.
A paved path extends the through the park along the river and alongside Yarmouth village. Walkers will see three waterfalls, a forest, open fields, and a very old stand of hemlock trees. Stop for lunch at the picnic tables. Most of the park occupies former industrial and mill sites.
The main trail runs from East Elm Street near the Upper Falls, down along the river through open fields to the Third Falls overlook. It intersects with the Beth Condon Pathway, where a pedestrian bridge crosses the river and continues south to the Second Falls at Bridge Street. There are several connections to Main Street from the path. A second path extends from East Elm Street and the upper dam along a small peninsula between the river and an old mill sluiceway.
How to get there:
The main entrance and parking lot is across East Elm Street from the Yarmouth History Center, about 0.3 mile east of the Main Street intersection. Park here if you are launching canoes from the History Center. There are more entrances from Mill Street, the Beth Condon Pathway near the Rowe School, the entrance of Forest Falls Drive, and from Bridge Street.
Trailheads: Oak Hill and Kaler roads in Belfast; Routes 9 and 139 in UnityUnity to Belfast, MEPhone:
This 47-mile footpath links Unity Village with City Point in Belfast. 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. Temporary trail closures, mostly related to hunting, are in place during the fall. The last closure ends on December 31. Dogs are allowed on most of the trail but must be kept under control. 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 blazes.
Trail map. 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.
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.