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Best Hiking Trails in Maine – USA

Overview

Known for its beautiful, rocky coastline, there are low mountains to explore in the northeastern US state of Maine, including the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail, Mount Katahdin. Other hiking areas include the crown jewel of this state, Acadia National Park, as well as Baxter State Park, Carrabassett Valley, Mahoosuc Range, and Camden Hills State Park. The best months to hike in Maine are June to September. Read on for more information on where and when to hike in Maine. 

Capital: Augusta

When To Hike in Maine – USA?

June – September: July and August are driest and warmest, and also less bugs and mud in these months which means summer crowds.  Snow can come in September
October: Can be great to hike in October especially for fall colours, but can be rainy/snowy
November – May: Cold/snow/mud in the spring

Climate: Humid continental – with cold winters and warm, humid summers. Can be very windy particularly in the winter to spring months

Maine Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Easy – Medium: Outside of national and state parks, it can be quite remote and trails may not be well marked or well maintained. 

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in Maine for hiking:

  • Bar Harbor
  • Camden

 

 

Top Places to Hike in Maine – USA

The Appalachian Mountains cross into the state from the west diagonally, ending in the centre with Baxter State Park. These mountains are the main place for hiking, particularly Baxter State Park. Acadia National Park, right on the coast, is also a popular place to hike. Highest Mountain: Mount Katahdin (1606 m) in the Appalachian Mountains.

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Baxter State Park

  • Mount Katahdin – end of Appalachian Trail

Carrabassett Valley

  • Popular area that contains well known peaks:
  • Sugarloaf Mountain
  • Crocker Mountain
  • Spaulding Mountain
  • Mount Abraham
  • Mount Redington

Mahoosuc Range

  • Includes Mahoosuc Public Reserve Land and Grafton Notch State Park
  • Popular area with challenging hikes

Bigelow Preserve

Mount Blue State Park

Camden Hills State Park

Acadia National Park

Maine – USA's Long Distance Trails

Maine – USA's Walking & Hiking Resources

Maine Hiking Books: – lots of books

  • Maine Mountain Guide: AMC’s Quintessential Guide to the Hiking Trails of Maine Featuring Baxter State Park and Acadia National Park, 12th Edition, by Carey Michael Kish, 2023, Appalachian Mountain Club
  • Hiking Maine: A Guide to the State’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, by Greg Westrich, 2020, Falcon Guides
  • Hiking Maine’s 4000-Footers, by Doug Dunlap, 2021, Down East Books
  • Day Hiking in the Western Maine Mountains, by Doug Dunlap, 2021, Down East Books
  • Hiking Maine’s Baxter State Park: A Guide to the Park’s Greatest Hiking Adventures, by Greg Westrich, 2020, Falcon Guides 
  • Day Hiking New England, by Jeffrey Romano, 2015, Mountaineers Books

 

Maine Hiking Associations/Clubs: – there are many clubs

 

Best Hiking Trails in Maine:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, official park websites, trail maps/apps, other websites, and tourist offices:

  • Mount Katahdin – Baxter State Park
  • Cadillac Mountain – Acadia National Park
  • Sugarloaf Mountain – Carrabassett Valley
  • Crocker Mountain – Carrabassett Valley
  • Spaulding Mountain – Carrabassett Valley
  • Mount Bigelow – Bigelow Preserve
  • Tumbledown Mountain – Mount Blue State Park
  • Burnt Meadow Mountain
  • Caribou Mountain
  • Old Speck Mountain – Grafton Notch State Park
  • Precipice Loop – Acadia National Park

Easy Hiking Trails in Maine:

  • Bradbury Mountain
  • Gorge Path – Acadia National Park

 

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What Else To Do

  • Lighthouses
  • Lobster rolls

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