With accommodations at a Summer Maine vacation rental, you’ve got an absolute wealth of hiking and biking opportunities ready to hand: This is Midcoast Maine, after all, one of the great centers for outdoor recreation in New England. And easily one of the best destinations for some fresh-air exercise and sightseeing is Camden Hills State Park, close to 6,000 acres of lovely coastal scenery along Penobscot Bay.
Hiking in Camden Hills
From the deep shade of mixed forests to jaw-dropping views atop rocky mountaintops, miles of hiking trails show off the diversity of Camden Hills State Park. The mile-long Megunticook Trail ascends to the crown of 1,365-foot Mount Megunticook (which means “swelling ocean” in native Penobscot), the high point of the Camden Hills, which not surprisingly delivers a whopper of a vantage. Admire the Gulf of Maine, adjoining lesser summits of the range (including famous Mount Battie, which boasts its own spectacular panorama), and—on clear days, anyhow—the Northeast’s highest peak, Mount Washington in New Hampshire’s Presidential Range, and in the process log some “peak-bagging” bragging rights.
Another highly recommend hiking route in the park is the Maiden Cliff Trail, which attains a striking 800-foot escarpment overlooking Megunticook Lake. The cliff is named in honor of Elenora French, who at 11 years old fell to her death from here back in 1862. A highlight of the route up is a massive sugar maple nestled in amid younger trees: a kind of veteran relic regionally known as a “wolf tree.”
Other Camden Hills views await on the 0.3-mile-long Shoreline Trail, which edges Penobscot Bay; the 1.5-mile-long Tablelands Trail, which traces highlands to the Ocean Lookout; and the 2.5-mile-long Ridge Trail and 0.6-mile-long Scenic Trail, both of which deliver expansive scenic surveys.
Biking in Camden Hills State Park
A number of the trails in Camden Hills State Park are open to mountain bikers, who can appreciate the same sort of scenery and ecological variety as hikers but at a swifter clip. The half-mile Mount Battie Trail includes one of the signature prospects of the entire park. You can enjoy an extended ride by linking together the 5-mile Multi-use and 1.9-mile Frohock Mountain trails.
Relish Spectacular Midcoast Scenery on the Hiking and Biking Trails of Camden Hills State Park
Spruce groves to twisty oak woods, verdant wetlands to bedrock outcrops, an intimate glimpse of a backwoods whitetail to sprawling vistas encompassing highlands and Atlantic brine: Camden Hills State Park provides an exceptional outdoor experience within easy reach of Summer Maine cottages and other vacation rentals. Don’t miss it!