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State & National Parks

From primal forests and majestic mountains to glacial lakes and the coastline that launched a thousand paintings, Maine's natural world is unlike any other. Which makes each of our state parks and our national park, Acadia, a one-of-a-kind experience.

Maine's Most Popular National and State Parks

Explore our top parks and their range of activities and unique features. Note that during the summer months, these parks are often crowded. Consider visiting in the early mornings or late afternoons when it is calmer. Much of the rest of the year, these are wonderful, quiet places to explore.

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Acadia is 47,000 acres of wooded, rocky beaches and majestic, glacier-sculpted granite peaks.

Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park

Hike Katahdin, fish the rivers and soak in the autumn colors of Baxter's 210,000 acres of wilderness.

Reid State Park

Reid State Park

An hour north of Portland, with two beaches, large sand dunes and views of lighthouse islands.

Popham Beach State Park

Popham Beach State Park

Popham Beach features sandy sunbathing areas and sparkling views of Fox and Wood islands.

Camden Hills State Park

Camden Hills State Park

Views from Mount Battie – of Penobscot Bay and Cadillac Mountain – will feel like you're a world away.

Quoddy Head State Park

Quoddy Head State Park

Quoddy Head features a candy-striped lighthouse and spectacular wildlife watching.


Breathtakingly Beautiful Maine State Park Gems

Just as spectacular, the following parks are less crowded at high season. So add these to your itinerary.

Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site

Colonial Pemaquid State Historic Site

A reconstruction of Fort William Henry in Bristol, with archaeological remnants of 17th and 18th century villages and museum.

  • Historic feature – archaeological site of 17th and 18th century structures, partial reconstruction of Fort William Henry, historic fort house, replica 17th century house, historic interpreter dressed in period clothing during summer months
  • Water activities – boat ramp, sea kayak rentals through Maine Kayak
  • Restaurant – The Contented Sole
  • Public Pier and marine floats accommodate visitors arriving by boat
  • Gift shop
  • Fishing
  • Events
Roque Bluffs State Park

Roque Bluffs State Park

South of Machias on Schoppee Point, park offers a half-mile crescent beach of sand and pebbles, the 60-acre Simpson Pond and a 6-mile trail network.

  • Trail activities – hiking
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing, kayaking on fresh water pond
  • Beaches/swimming – no lifeguards
  • Picnicking
Ferry Beach State Park

Ferry Beach State Park

Situated on 100 acres between Old Orchard Beach and Camp Ellis in Saco, with picturesque sand dune beach views and a rare stand of tupelo trees.

  • Trail activities – hiking trails include boardwalk through a bog with tupelo trees
  • Fishing
  • Beaches/Swimming – lifeguarded beach during summer months
  • Nature Center with pilot whale exhibit featuring pilot whale skeleton suspended from ceiling
Aroostook State Park

Aroostook State Park

Maine's first state park, created in 1838 in Presque Isle. Park's 800 acres encompass the twin peaks of Quaggy Jo Mountain and scenic shoreline on Echo Lake.

  • Camping
  • Trail Activities – hiking on Quaggy Jo Mountain
  • Fishing
  • Snowmobiling and groomed cross-country skiing, snowshoeing
  • Canoeing, kayaking and other water activities, kayak and canoe rentals, boat ramp on Echo Lake
  • Beaches/Swimming
  • Picnicking, group shelter
Eagle Island State Historic Site

Eagle Island State Historic Site

North of Portland, Eagle Island was the home of Arctic explorer, Admiral Robert E. Peary. Includes Peary home originally constructed in 1904. Eagle Island is a National Historic Landmark.

  • Island is only accessible by boat – tour boats provide transportation to the island
  • Trail activities – hiking trail
  • Tour boats provide transportation AND guided tours of the house and island. This is a half-day trip and is available June 15 – Labor Day.
  • Historic feature – museum/summer home of North Pole explorer Admiral Robert E. Peary
  • Fishing
  • Other water activities – 10 moorings with launch service to island
  • Beaches
  • Welcome center
  • The Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum is located in Brunswick on the Bowdoin Campus and open year round.
Shackford Head State Parkr

Shackford Head State Park

Eastport is home to this 87-acre park on Moose Island. Named for American Revolutionary War soldier and original land owner, John Shackford.

  • Trail activities – hiking trail to a rocky headland providing beautiful views of Cobscook Bay
  • Picnicking
Swan Lake State Parkr

Swan Lake State Park

Lovers of lake recreation get along swimmingly on the park's 676 acres, featuring scenic, 3-mile long Swan Lake. Located in Swanville, Waldo County.

  • Beaches/Swimming – lifeguarded beach during the summer months
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing, kayaking – canoe and kayak rentals
  • Picnicking – group shelter
Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park

Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park

A forested 200 acres along Salmon Fall River in South Berwick. Offers scenic hiking loops through old growth pine and hemlock trees.

  • Hiking and equestrian –– trails through old growth stands of pine and hemlock
  • Picnicking
Mt. Blue State Park

Mt. Blue State Park

North of Portland, Eagle Island was the home of Arctic explorer, Admiral Robert E. Peary. Includes Peary home originally constructed in 1904. Eagle Island is a National Historic Landmark.

  • Camping
  • Trail Activities – hiking, mountain biking, equestrian, ATV
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Snowmobiling and skiing
  • Water activities – boat launch on Webb Lake
  • Beaches/Swimming – lifeguarded beach during the summer months
  • Nature center
  • Kayak, canoe, paddle boat rentals
  • Playground

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