As you can see, the terrain is varied for various capacities. Many of the hiking trails near Camden, Maine (or a variation of them) can be used all year round. If you are tired after all these hikes, or if you want to try all the hikes, think about staying at our romantic Camden Inn. We are only a few minutes walk or drive from all these superb trails. Go out and enjoy the beauty of the central coast. Book your hiking adventure today!
Homestead Trail (4.5 mile total loop, with 2.6 mile option, allow three hours for full loop): Hiking along the river from the north parking lot to the picnic prairie (1.1 mi), where you can take Harrington Trail (0.5 mi) and Old River Road to the parking lot (1.0 mi). To extend your hike, continue south on the trail past Picnic Meadow to the intersection with Old River Road to the main entrance (1.8 mi).
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Bigelow is considered the second best hike in Maine after Katahdin, because of its size, challenge and beauty. The reasons can be read as a list of hiking buckets: emerald ridges, deep passes (low point between two peaks) and long two-day climbs (bring the tent). It takes 16.3 miles to climb and cross Bigelow, but if you just want to reach Avery Peak (4,088 feet), the trek is shorter - if not less difficult - 7.8 miles. Many people camp at Avery, which has tent platforms, to better enjoy the amazing views from the top of Lake Flagstaff and the mountains of western Maine.
The best family hikes in Maine are those with swimming holes where you can play. If you agree, head to Blueberry Ledges in Baxter State Park for a long hike with a waterfall in Maine. Here, Katahdin Creek flows over granitic rocks to create natural water slides. Blueberry Ledges is one of the favourite places for people staying at Abol Bridge Campground and exploring Baxter National Park. Well named because of the wild blueberries growing along the trail, this trail is an excellent trail to follow from early to mid-August for the blueberry season. If you will be there with your family at this time of day, I recommend that you get a copy of the book Blueberries for Sal that you can read to your children to extend your trip in a fun way.
There's not much to say about Cadillac that hasn't already been said. The highest mountain in Acadia National Park (where no trip to Maine would be complete without stopping), Cadillac is one of the first points to see the sunrise in the country. Hikers who want to reach the summit in time for sunrise usually use the North Ridge Trail, a moderate 2.2 mile climb. The trail begins in the forest but opens quickly to the stars, and the summit offers a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean, Bar Harbor and the rest of the island, making for a memorable and truly unique hike.
Porcupine Trail: From the northern trailhead, head south and take the first left on the Porcupine Trail, a 1.5 mile single-track mountain bike trail that leads to the picnic prairie. This easy to moderate trail includes curves and a bridge. Hikers may also enjoy this trail, but beware of approaching cyclists.
New England Travel Today calls this "hike" one of the most beautiful walks in New England, connecting two of the most beautiful villages together. It may be a fairly easy walk, but it's two miles in one direction. The hike begins in Camden by walking south on Chestnut Street, which turns into Russel Avenue. Don't forget to stop and say hello to the Belted Galloway (Oreo Cookie) cows at Aldemere Farm.