Hikes with Kids
If you’ve got a carful of restless kids, take our advice. Get ‘em outside. Then take ‘em hiking.
Here's some kid-friendly hiking spots to get you started.
Acadia National Park
Maine’s only national park is small compared to its western siblings, but it’s a huge favorite for hikers. Here’s two family-friendly walks:
The Wonderland Trail is 1.4-mile round trip near the village of Bass Harbor. It meanders through forest to the ocean.
The Ship Harbor Trail wanders through the forest on a 1.2 mile loop before coming to a granite shore.
Old Orchard Beach, in the Maine Beaches region, is extremely popular, and with good reason. There are miles of sand for kids to stroll upon. Tempt them to continue by scheduling a visit to Palace Playland, New England’s only beachfront amusement park.
Popham Beach State Park, in Maine’s MidCoast & Islands region, is another oceanfront location with long stretches of sand. An added incentive is nearby Fort Popham, an imposing granite fort started during the Civil War but never completed.
Bradbury Mountain State Park, in the Greater Portland and Casco Bay region, has miles of kid-friendly trails. Although Bradbury tops out at less than 500 feet, it’ll still make a young mountaineer proud to have climbed it.
Camden Hills State Park, in the MidCoast & Island region, offers wonderful ocean views and trails ranging from easy walk-ups to tough hikes. Favorite routes include those to Maiden’s Cliff and Mt. Megunticook.
Urban hikes and walks
Portland, in the Greater Portland and Casco Bay region, is home to the Portland Trails network. Check out the quiet Stroudwater Trail. Portland Freedom Trail runs through downtown Portland and tells about Maine’s African-American experience.
For more information, check out Maine Trailfinder.