Top 10 State Parks in Maine
Although Maine is known as the home of Acadia National Park, it is also home to many smaller but gorgeous, scenic state parks that offer a wide array of fun and unique vacation adventures. Most state parks offer access to hiking and biking trails for all athletic abilities. Some are blessed with gorgeous ocean or lakeside locations perfect for a refreshing swim or some sunbathing. Visiting Maine's parks, you can be sure that the views and scenery will be outstanding - from stunning high mountains and crystal clear lakes to the rocky southern coastline. Here are some of our Top 10 State Parks in Maine.
Baxter State Park is located in the heart of Maine and is home to Maine's highest mountain, Mt. Katahdin, at 5,268 feet. Hiking enthusiast will love exploring over 200 miles of trails, both easy and challenging, that Baxter has to offer. The mountains offer breathtaking views of New England and hikers have been known to run in to wildlife such as moose, bear and deer.
Two Lights State Park, in Cape Elizabeth, is appropriately named for the presence of twin lighthouses, one of which is still functioning today. On-site there is a gift shop and full-service restaurant where visitors can eat fresh seafood at outdoor picnic tables then take a walk on the rocky coastline where they can watch fisherman catching Stripers or lobstermen hauling in their traps offshore.
Sebago Lake State Park begins accepting camping reservations as early as February because it books up fast! This park is next to Point Sebago Resort, voted the #1 Family Friendly Resort in the Northeast. The campground and Park offer a variety of activities to choose from including sandy beaches, hiking, horseback riding and kayaking, as well as cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing in the winter. Visitors will also enjoy gorgeous views of the White Mountains and Sebago Lake.
Birch Point State Park is worth a visit - if you can find it, that is! Located literally off the beaten path, this secluded hideaway is home to beautiful views of Penobscot Bay and surrounding islands. The park is popular for sunbathing, swimming, fishing and picnicking. Unfortunately, the park is only open during the day and during summer months so be sure to time your visit.
Bradbury Mountain State Park is one of Maine's original five state parks and a great place to relax and enjoy the 800 acres of forest it has to offer. Bradbury Mountain itself is a site to see, with both flat and narrow paths that will accommodate any hiker. There are also several popular mountain biking trails. In the fall, Bradbury is home to migrating hawks and eagles.
Scarborough Beach State Park has one of the best swimming beaches in Maine due to its water temperatures that remain fairly warm even throughout prime summer months. Visitors also enjoy hiking on a self-guided trail, fishing and boating in the summer months. The "Shack" offers beachside food and daily rentals of chairs, umbrellas and boogie boards.
Rangeley Lake State Park is one of the most picturesque state parks in Maine, overlooking Maine's western mountains and surrounding 10-square miles of Rangeley Lake. Wintertime attracts snowmobilers and snowshoers while the summer months bring some of the best salmon and trout fishing in Maine. There are also many campsites located in Rangeley Park with plenty of amenities including boat launches and picnic areas.
Camden Hills State Park is particularly popular amongst bird-watchers and bird-lovers, known as a retreat for migrating hawks and other bird species. It's not uncommon to spot great blue herons, ospreys or even a bald eagle! A drive or hike up Mt. Battie, 800 feet above sea level, offers visitors spectacular views of Camden Harbor and Penobscot Bay.
Popham Beach State Park is one of the most visited state parks in Maine. It is popular for beachgoers looking to swim, sunbathe, beachcomb or bird watch. It features a great beach for families with children who will enjoy the shallow tide pools that form at low tide - keep your eye out for a starfish and other sea creatures!
Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park is a 230-acre relaxing retreat not far from Freeport's shopping outlets. Activities at the park include clamming, kayaking and boating. Its mostly flat terrain makes it perfect for children or physically challenged visitors. Rangers at the park offer guided nature programs for an informative and fun look into Maine's beautiful state parks.