9 Sep 2019
With a beautifully situated perch in a Summer Maine vacation home or cottage along the Midcoast, you have no end of hiking opportunities at your fingertips. So, lace up those boots, extend those trekking poles, and pack the water bottle, and hit some of our fabulous local trails: routes that’ll take you up rocky knobs with panoramic views, alongside singsong coastal creeks, and through some beautiful New England forests.
Here are just a few of the hiking destinations within easy reach of our Midcoast properties here at Summer Maine!
Georges River Land Trust Trails
Collaborating with local landowners, municipalities, and other partners, the Georges River Land Trust helps preserve native habitats and open spaces within the 225-square-mile basin of the St. George River, one of the defining watersheds of Midcoast Maine. The land trust maintains a roughly 50-mile network of low-impact trails, the Georges Highland Path, which includes many routes close to our Summer Maine vacation homes and cottages. For instance, the Canal Path near Suesmont traces three miles of the 19th century Georges River Canal: scenery with a side of history. One of the truly outstanding trails in the area is the one up 1,200-foot Ragged Mountain, the outcropped, heath-clad summit of which delivers views stretching from the Presidential Range of New Hampshire’s White Mountains to the islands of Penobscot Bay.
Another noteworthy Georges Highland Path trail accesses similarly expansive views from Hogback Mountain, the climb up taking you past Piano Rock: a massive glacial erratic, a boulder transported here by the Pleistocene ice sheet and then abandoned with its melt-back.
Coastal Mountains Land Trust
Another important conservation and stewardship organization, the Coastal Mountains Land Trust got its start more than 30 years ago as the “Camden-Rockport Land Trust,” formed to protect Rockport’s Beech Hill. That fabulous summit of the Camden Hills remains a centerpiece of the land trust’s 5,000-plus acres of preserved properties. Consider exploring Beech Hill’s blueberry glades, forests, and long views on the Woods Loop Trails in that preserve or wander the Harkness Trail along Ott Creek.
Camden Hills State Park
A crown jewel of the Midcoast’s outdoor destinations, Camden Hills State Park harbors some of the farthest-reaching scenery in the region. From Mount Battle or Mount Megunticook—the 1,385-foot high point of the Camden Hills—the viewshed extends from distant inland mountains (including Mount Washington in the Presidential Range, the loftiest mountain in all of the Northeast) to Gulf of Maine shimmer. The Maiden Cliff Trail—named for 11-year-old Elenora French, who fatally fell here in 1862—overlooks Megunticook Lake and passes an impressive “wolf tree”: an ancient sugar maple now closed in among younger woods.
Seek Out Other Hiking for Your Summer Maine Getaway
Besides exploring the websites of the Georges River and Coastal Mountains land trusts and of Camden Hills State Park, you can learn about other hiking opportunities in our magnificent Midcoast using the Maine Trail Finder.