Hiking and Walking Tails near Camden Hills State Park
“Where the mountains meet the sea” hints at the scenic beauty and geographic topography which are the setting for your Camden area adventures. If you’re looking for hiking, scenic walks or bike riding there are many choices near Victorian by the Sea. https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=206085307112172890082.0004f71ce40fb24f9139d&msa=0&ie=UTF8&t=m&ll=44.268313,-69.023838&spn=0.049169,0.154495&z=13&source=embed
Camden Hills State Park and the Mount Battie Auto Road
Camden Hills State Park, located 2 miles south of Victorian by the Sea on Rt. 1, offers more than 30 Hiking Trails. For those short on time or hiking shoes, take the 1.5 mile auto road to the parking lot near the stone tower atop Mount Battie, elevation 780 ft. Across Rt. 1 from the park entrance are picnic tables along on Shoreline Trail (0.3 miles) that runs parallel to the shoreline of West Penobscot Bay.
The park gates are open from 9:00 am until sunset daily. The park day-use entrance fees are $4 for Maine Residents and $6 for Non Residents. You can find more information in the Camden Hills State Park website.
Mount Battie Trails
Tablelands Trail, 1.5 miles of moderate climbing through the woods departs from the top of Mount Battie and leads to Ocean Lookout (1300 ft) where you will enjoy views of Mount Battie, Camden Harbor and many islands in West Penobscot Bay. Continue to climb on Meguntcook Trail, 1 mile of moderate/step hiking up to the top of Mount Megunticook (1385 ft) – But, that extra 85 foot elevation gain will take at least one hour hiking while you travel nearly 1000 vertical feet. Your reward is a view of Penobscot Bay from Acadia to Monhegan Island.
For more trail information in hiking trails in Maine you should look at Maine Trail Finders website.
Bald Rock Mountain
A great trail on the north end of the park starts at the intersection of Beach Road. (Hwy 173 out of Lincolnville Beach) and Youngtown Road. The parking lot at Stevens Corner is just outside of the entrance to the multi-use trail/road. The trail begins with 1.3 miles of easy hiking which joins the Bald Rock Trail for a 0.5 mile ascent of easy/moderate hiking through the woods. You emerge onto a rock clearing at the summit (1200 ft) with a wonderful view over Penobscot Bay.
On the west side of the park is Maiden Cliff trail, a 1 mile moderate hike, which starts opposite Barrett’s Cove Beach at the south end of Lake Megunticook. The trail follows a brook through the woods and then ascends to a plateau at the top of Maiden Cliff at 800 feet, overlooking Lake Megunticook.
Beach Hill Preserve
In Rockport, an easy 0.5 mile easy walk on Summit Road Trail passes organic blueberry fields and ends at the stone hut with a sod roof. Beach Hill is free of trees and offers wonderful views of the Camden Hills, St George Peninsula and Penobscot Bay. Beach Hill Preserve is a project of the coastal Mountain Land Trust. http://www.coastalmountains.org/conserved_lands/preserves/beech_hill.html
The Georges Highland Path
Within the Georges River watershed is a 50 mile network (in short trail segments) of footpath trails that stretch from Thomaston to Montville. Scenic river views are complimented by interpretive displays explaining the history of the area.
One easy walk, rich in history, is the Thomaston Village Trail. It includes the outdoor Thomaston Museum in the Streets, a series of 25 signs with facts and photographs showing the early days of Thomaston history.
For more information use the Georges River Land Trust website. http://www.georgesriver.org/trails/
This is a large, fresh-water lake with many recreational opportunities. Take your lunch with you and go for a half day kayak trip, exploring islands and swimming. Or, enjoy a 2 mile hike on the 300 acre Fernald’s Neck Preserve hiking trail.
Maine Island Trail Association
For this trail you need a boat (sea kayak, powerboat or sailboat). Maine Island Trail covers 375 miles of the Maine coast and connects to islands that are open to public use. You can get a Trail Guide from the Maine Island Trail Association. http://www.mita.org/trail/guide