You can find plenty of uninterrupted family time by taking your kids on a hike. You and your children can observe Maine's wildlife and natural beauty along miles of easy trails. Whether you'd like to visit the beach, the woods or the mountains, you have many choices to educate your family about the outdoors.
You can find many kid-friendly hiking options on the beaches from York to Bar Harbor. Take a hike over Morse Mountain to Sewall Beach or explore the tide pools in the pink granite rocks at Sand Beach in Acadia National Park.
Cascades and Waterfalls
You and your family can see how water shapes Maine's landscape by hiking to cascades and waterfalls. In the White Mountain National Forest, you'll find an easy hike from Evans Notch to the cascades of Bickford Brook Slides. In Baxter State Park, you can combine a trip to Little Abol Falls with a hike to the open ledges part way up Blueberry Mountain.
Lakes and Ponds
You can increase your family's chances of seeing wildlife by hiking to a lake or pond. If you hike into Big and Little Moose Ponds just east of Moosehead Lake, you might see beavers at work and moose feeding in the shallows. If you circle the ponds and climb to the ridge above, you'll get a great look at Big Moose Mountain. You can also try the Swett Brook Nature Trail at Mount Blue State Park, visit the displays at the nature center, and then enjoy a swim and a picnic lunch at Lake Webb.
You and your family can look out over Maine's vast wilderness by hiking a mountain. You can find a panoramic view of mountains by hiking the precipitous cliffs of Sabattus Mountain in Center Lovell. From Maiden’s Cliff in the Camden Hills, you can see across Megunticook Lake to the Atlantic Ocean. Or visit Bradbury Mountain State Park where you can take in sweeping views of Casco Bay.