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Hiking in Wolfe's Neck State Park

Hiking in Wolfe's Neck State Park

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Looking at Acadia National Partk from the Beehive.

Looking at Acadia National Partk from the Beehive.

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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 Trailis 1.4-mile round trip near the village of Bass Harbor. It meanders through forest to the ocean.

The Ship Harbor Trailwanders 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.

Mountain Hikes

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

Bangor, in the Maine Highlands region, offers a number of city-owned trails. A favorite spot is Bangor City Forest, which includes the popular Orono Bog boardwalk.

Portland, in the Greater Portland and Casco Bay region, is home to the Portland Trailsnetwork. Check out the quiet Stroudwater Trail. Portland Freedom Trailruns through downtown Portland and tells about Maine’s African-American experience.

For more information, check out Maine Trailfinder.

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