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10 Best Maine State Parks (Our Favorite State Parks in Maine)

Although Maine is known as the home of Acadia National Park (the only official Maine 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 Maine 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 state 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.

While we highly recommend visiting each Maine state park, here are our favorite state parks in Maine…

Baxter State Park - Maine
Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park | Piscataquis County, Maine

Baxter State Park is located in the heart of Maine and is home to Maine’s highest mountain, Mount Katahdin, at 5,268 feet. Hiking enthusiasts 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 into wildlife such as moose, bears, and deer.

Note: This Maine state park is not overseen by the Maine Department of Conservation.

Two Lights State Park - Maine
Two Lights State Park

Two Lights State Park | Cape Elizabeth, Maine

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 and take a walk on the rocky coastline where they can watch fishermen catching Stripers or lobstermen hauling in their traps offshore.

Sebago Lake State Park - Maine
Sebago Lake State Park

Sebago Lake State Park | Naples, Maine

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 state 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 - Maine
Birch Point State Park

Birch Point State Park | Owls Head, Maine

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 the summer months so be sure to time your visit.

Bradbury Mountain State Park - Maine
Bradbury Mountain State Park

Bradbury Mountain State Park | Pownal, Maine

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.

In the fall, Bradbury is home to migrating hawks and eagles.

Bradbury Mountain itself is a sight to see, with both flat and narrow paths that will accommodate any hiker. There are also several popular mountain biking trails.

Scarborough Beach State Park - Maine
Scarborough Beach State Park

Scarborough Beach State Park | Scarborough, Maine

Scarborough Beach State Park has one of the best swimming beaches in Maine due to its water temperatures that remain fairly warm throughout the 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.

Note: This Maine state park is not overseen by the Maine Department of Conservation.

Rangeley Lake State Park - Maine
Rangeley Lake State Park

Rangeley Lake State Park | Franklin, Maine

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 - Maine
Camden Hills State Park

Camden Hills State Park | Camden, Maine

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 Mount Battie, 800 feet above sea level, offers visitors spectacular views of Camden Harbor and Penobscot Bay.

Popham Beach State Park - Maine
Popham Beach State Park

Popham Beach State Park | Sagadahoc, Maine

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 - Maine
Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park | Cumberland, Maine

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. The park grounds’ 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.

More State Parks in Maine

While these might be our favorite Maine state parks, they’re not the only state parks in Maine. Maine is home to 35 state parks, plus many other public lands that are worth exploring. Start planning your Maine vacation today!

State ParkCountyTownEstablishedWater
Allagash Wilderness WaterwayAroostook,   
Androscoggin RiverlandsAndroscogginTurner Androscoggin River
Aroostook State ParkAroostookPresque Isle1938Echo Lake
Baxter State ParkPiscataquis 1931 
Birch Point State ParkKnoxOwls Head1999Penobscot Bay
Bradbury Mountain State ParkCumberlandPownal1939 
Camden Hills State ParkKnox, WaldoCamden, Lincolnville1947 
Cobscook Bay State ParkWashingtonEdmunds Township1964Cobscook Bay
Crescent Beach State ParkCumberlandCape Elizabeth1966Atlantic Ocean
Damariscotta Lake State ParkLincolnJefferson1970Damariscotta Lake
Ferry Beach State ParkYorkSaco Atlantic Ocean
Fort Point State ParkWaldoStockton Springs1974Penobscot Bay
Grafton Notch State ParkOxfordGrafton Township1963Bear River
Holbrook Island Sanctuary State ParkHancockBrooksville1971Penobscot Bay
Lake St. George State ParkWaldoLiberty Township Lake St. George
Lamoine State ParkHancockLamoine1949Frenchman’s Bay
Lily Bay State ParkPiscataquisGreenville1959Moosehead Lake
Mackworth IslandCumberlandFalmouth1946Casco Bay
Moose Point State ParkWaldoSearsport1952Penobscot Bay
Mount Blue State ParkFranklinWeld1955Webb Lake
Mount Kineo State ParkPiscataquisKineo Township Moosehead Lake
Owls Head Light State ParkKnoxOwls Head Penobscot Bay
Peacock Beach State ParkSagadahocRichmond Pleasant Pond
Peaks-Kenny State ParkPiscataquisDover-Foxcroft,  
Penobscot River CorridorPiscataquis,   
Popham Beach State ParkSagadahocPhippsburg Atlantic Ocean
Quoddy Head State ParkWashingtonLubec1962Atlantic Ocean
Range Ponds State ParkAndroscogginPoland1965Range Ponds
Rangeley Lake State ParkFranklinRangeley,  
Reid State ParkSagadahocGeorgetown1946Sheepscot Bay
Roque Bluffs State ParkWashingtonRoque Bluffs1969Englishman Bay
Sebago Lake State ParkCumberlandNaples, Casco1938Sebago Lake
Shackford Head State ParkWashingtonEastport1989Cobscook Bay
Swan Lake State ParkWaldoSwanville Swan Lake
Two Lights State ParkCumberlandCape Elizabeth1961Casco Bay
Vaughan Woods State ParkYorkSouth Berwick1949Salmon Falls River
Warren Island State ParkWaldoIslesboro1959Penobscot Bay
Wolfe’s Neck Woods State ParkCumberlandFreeport1969Casco Bay

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