Whether you’re looking to head to the coast or the mountains, here’s where you’ll find beautiful trails and paths to go for a day trip and hike.
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Distance: 2 miles** Rating: Difficult **Location: Acadia National Park
With granite cliffs that pitch steeply towards Penobscot Bay, Beehive Mountain looms over Acadia’s surf-pounded coast. The trail itself is half the drama—hikers climb great stone staircases, traverse the sheer face on narrow ledges, and climb straight up the rock using iron rungs set into the mountain. Views from the top are soulfully satisfying, reaching out east to the deep Atlantic and west to piney forests.
If you’re already in Camden this quick hike just outside town in Camden Hills State Park is one of the most photographed vistas in the state, offering breathtaking views of the town, Atlantic Ocean and offshore islands. Starting from the parking lot, the quick half-mile path scrambles over rock and up a slope steep in some places, but well-worth the effort. A further ascent up a stone tower atop the mountain affords panoramic views for miles
Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park
Just minutes from the crowds and bustle of Freeport’s shopping district, offers quiet walks through woodlands and offer trails that pass close to Casco Bay.
Forks Area Scenic Trail
The Forks Area Scenic Trail (F.A.S.T.), is a gravel trail that runs along the Kennebec River. The trail begins one mile south of our resort, runs through our Kennebec River Campground, and ends six miles north in The Forks where the rivers meet. This simple trail is great for running, biking, or hiking with dogs and kids. The best part about the F.A.S.T. is that you can leave your car at our resort, go for a hike, and come back for dinner with your family. No driving to a trailhead required!
Straddling the Bridgton-Denmark town lines, Pleasant Mountain is southern Maine’s tallest mountain at 2,006 feet. Located within an hour drive from the city of Portland, it’s the perfect day hike providing excellent views of western Maine and even Mount Washington if the skies are clear enough. Pleasant Mountain has six trails of varying lengths and difficulties leading to the top with the Ledges Trail as the most popular. If you time it right, you can pick wild Maine blueberries at the top during the summer months.
Alternatively, the foliage is great here during the fall months.
Bradbury Mountain State Park
Bradbury Mountain is located in an 800-acre state park in Pownal. The land was originally acquired by the federal government in 1939 and the park opened in the 1940s. During the 1940s it offered skiing with a rope tow! Bradbury Mountain State Park is one of the original five state parks in Maine. It is open daily 9am to sunset year-round.