2018 Official Maine Camping Guide - 64
Back Cove Trail Portland, easy 4.2mi
loop. The skyline of Portland serves
as a spectacular backdrop for this
easy and mostly paved loop around
the city's tidal Back Cove and its surrounding neighborhoods. Perfect for
a sunset stroll or early morning pickme-up walk.
By name of its sheer size and geographic variation, Maine offers an
unlimited supply of short walks,
trails and day hikes, many more than
could be explored in a lifetime. Assembled here is a collection of nearly 30 of Maine's best, most accessible trails and walks categorized by a
range of interests. Many are certain
to be located only a short distance
from your campground.
We encourage Maine hikers to "Be
Prepared" for our rapidly changing
weather and the possibilities of biting insects and poisonivy along the
way. Please abide by the "Leave No
Trace" philosophy, and plan to bring
water and a snack.
To read more about these hikes or
find others, we enthusiastically recommend MaineTrailfinder.com.
Key: Each listed excursion provides
the name of the nearest city or town
and arange of difficulty. All distances
are listed in miles, and when available, distances are labeled as oneway (ow), round-trip (rt), loop, or as
total combined distance for a network of trails.
COASTAL AND SHORELINE HIKES
Marginal Way Ogunquit, easy, 1.25
mi: One of Maine's most popular
coastline walks, Marginal Way offers unmatched sea and land views
at every turn. Take a rest and enjoy
the views from the many beaches, or
bring a picnic and make a day of it.
The Bold Coast Cutler, easy to moderate 5.8mi
Beech Hill Preserve Rockport, easy,
The Parsons Way Kennebunkport,
easy, 2.0 mi
OTHER CITY WALKS
Vaughan Woods (aka Hobbitland)
Hallowell, easy, 3.0 mi network
Bangor City Forest Bangor, easy to
moderate, 9.0 mi network
Lewiston-Auburn Riverwalk, easy,
2.0 mi, network
Moxie Falls The Forks, easy, 1.2 mi,
rte: This smooth and beautiful walk
form a well-marked trailhead takes
you to Maine's tallest single-drop
waterfall. Look for swimming and
fishing holes 100ft further downstream. A great add-on excursion to
white-water rafting, ATV adventure
or moose safari.
OTHER WATERFALL HIKES
Jewell Falls Portland, easy to moderate 2.0 mi network
Angel Falls Township D, easy to
moderate 1.4 mi
Rattlesnake Flume and Pool Stoneham, easy to moderate, 2.2 mi
Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge Caribou, easy, 5.7 mi, network.
These well-maintained trails provide hikers with ideal conditions for
spotting diverse species including
moose, bear, beaver and migratory
OTHER WILDLIFE TRAILS
Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge
Wells, easy, 1.8 mi, loop
NATIONAL & STATE PARK WALKS
Acadia National Park, easy, 4.0 mi,
rte. Once you have explored the
bald summit of Caddilac Mountain,
make time to walk the Ocean Path
from Sand Beach past Thunder Hole
and on to Otter Point; the dramatic
coastline offers many of Maine's
most recognizable vistas.
OTHER MAINE STATE PARK WALKS:
Wolfe's Neck State Park Freeport,
easy to moderate, 4.4 mi, network
Ferry Beach State Park Saco, easy,
1.4 mi, network
APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKES
Grafton Notch Loop Trail at Baldpate Mountain Newry, advanced,
8.0 mi. A well-marked and popular
two-summit hike offering a strenuous full day's hike.
OTHER APPALACHIAN TRAIL HIKES
The Hunt Trail to Katahdin's Summit
Millinocket, moderate to advanced,
9.3 mi, rte.
Pleasant Pond Mountain Caratunk,
moderate to advanced, 3.2 mi, rte.
Mount Kineo Mossehead Lake,
moderate to advanced, 4.0 mi, rte.
Take the short boat ride for a small
fee from Rockwood and then head
out and enjoy the grand vistas from
this historically significant glacial formation. Considered the most challenging, Indian Trail offers the finest
views along an open ledge.
OTHER MOUNTAIN HIKES
Bradbury Mountain State Park Freeport, 21.5 mi, network
Borestone Mountain Elliotsville Twp,
moderate to advanced, 3.6 mi, ow
Tumbledown Mountain Weld, moderate to advanced, 10.6 mi, network
Douglas Mountain Sebago, moderate to advanced, 2.8 mi, network
Popham Beach State Park Phippsburg, easy, 2.5 mi, rte. An absolute
must for visiting history buffs and
beach walkers alike. Fort Popham,
Fort Baldwin and Fort St. George
(the last of which is the known archeological site of the 1607 colony)
are all easily accessed on myriad
trails or along the beach. Fort Baldwin offers stunning views, and Fort
Popham begs exploration of its forbidding granite facade.
OTHER HISTORIC HIKES:
Sebago Lake State Park Naples, easy
to moderate, 5.8 mi
Fort Williams Cape Elizabeth easy,
Bethel Village History Walk Bethel,
easy, 1.9 mi
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