Explore Camden Hills
Region: Maine’s MidCoast and Islands
Activities: Hiking, Birding, Exploring
Where can one witness panoramic views of Camden, Penobscot Bay and (on a clear day) Cadillac Mountain? Camden Hills State Park! This wonderous park is perched atop Mt. Battie, a hub of wildflowers and unique bird species, that once inspired Maine poet Edna St. Vincent Millay to write “Renascence.” Today, the park continues to inspire visitors with its scenic beauty, bountiful wildlife and memorable recreational activities.
Acquired in part with funds from the Land for Maine’s Future program, there is plenty to do and see in the park during all seasons. Spend the day hiking up Mt. Megunticook, the highest of the Camden Hills, and the highest peak on the mainland. On a warm night post-hike, you can camp out under the stars. You won’t even have to give up the comfort of a hot shower, because the campground comes equipped with them. As the air grows crisp and autumn arrives, “leaf peepers” are in for a special treat with views of the rolling hills, rich with fall foliage colors. Winter is no exception for the adventurous, featuring cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. There are so many opportunities to discover, you’ll want to download a trail map.
Just a few minutes south is the quintessential New England town of Camden, with unique shops and excellent restaurants skirting the working harbor. Spend an afternoon enjoying the sea air as you walk through Camden Harbor Park and Amphitheater. In this romantic coastal town, a lobster roll or ice cream cone is never far from sight.
Whether you’re a bird-watching enthusiast, an avid hiker, or on a mission to capture that breathtaking 360-view of the mountains and sea, Camden Hills State Park has offerings that will have you returning again and again.
From Portland: 80 miles
From Bangor: 55 miles
From Lewiston/Auburn: 70 miles