State & National Parks
Maine state parks and Maine national parks offer you 542,629 acres of natural beauty and wonder – including Acadia National Park, Baxter State Park (location of Mt. Katahdin and the northern end of The Appalachian Trail), and the 92-mile Allagash Wilderness Waterway. You can also explore more than 45,000 acres of The White Mountain National Forest in western Maine. Your recreational options include hiking, swimming, canoeing, fishing, camping and snowmobiling. No matter which season you visit, you can plan your perfect outdoor adventure in the state and national parks in Maine.
Acadia National Park
Opened in 1919, Acadia National Park sprawls for 30,000 acres across Mount Desert Island and several other islands and peninsulas in Downeast Maine. The park also has the tallest peaks on the Eastern Seaboard, and well-known spots such as Thunder Hole, Sand Beach, Otter Cliffs and Cadillac Mountain. For a fee, you can go hiking, biking or horse riding along the park's famous carriage roads or explore the park by canoe or kayak. The park is open year-round and popular winter activities include cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Baxter State Park and The Appalachian Trail
Baxter State Park is a 205,000-acre wilderness area deep in the North Woods. The park is home to Mt. Katahdin, the state's highest mountain at 5,268 feet. It is also the terminus of the 281 miles of The Appalachian Trail that run through Maine. You'll also find 10 campgrounds, dozens of backcountry sites, and hundreds of miles of trails to explore in the park. You'll need to pay to park at Mt. Katahdin trailheads and to camp. The park is open year-round and popular winter activities include ice climbing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling.
Allagash Wilderness Waterway
The Allagash Wilderness Waterway connects some of the state's most famous lakes—Chamberlain, Allagash and Churchill—along a 92-mile corridor that is perfect for a weeklong canoe trip. You'll need to pay to park or camp along the Allagash. This waterway is also part of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, a 740-mile trail that winds through northern Maine on its way to the Canadian border.
White Mountain National Forest
Maine's portion of White Mountain National Forest is located in the Western Mountains Region, which includes Speckled Mountain (2,906 feet) and Caribou Mountain (2,850 feet). Here you can go hiking, hunting, camping or fishing for trout. The forest is open year-round. You'll need a permit to go cross-country skiing.
The 32 parks in the state park system protect some of Maine's finest natural features and give you many recreational options. Scarborough, Crescent, Reid and Popham are beaches. Rangeley, Mount Blue, Grafton Notch and Lily Bay are deep in the woods and offer great hiking and camping. Sebago, Peaks-Kenny and Damariscotta Lake sit on popular lakes and are known for their freshwater swimming and recreation. Bradbury Mountain and Camden Hills are popular among day-hikers. Quoddy Head and Fort Point feature lighthouses. For a complete list of state parks, visit the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands.