4 of the Best Things to Do at Camden Hills State Park

When it comes to outdoor recreation in Maine, few places compare to Camden Hills State Park. This vast 5,700-acre area is tucked into the state’s winding coastline and is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. An elaborate network of trails beckons hikers, and sweeping views appeal to photographers, birdwatchers, and nature lovers. Here’s why a trip to the park should be on your vacation itinerary.

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Spend a Day at Camden Hills State Park

1. Hiking

If you’re looking for an adventure, you’ve come to the right place! Camden Hills offers over 30 miles of scenic hiking trails. The trails vary in difficulty and length, and most go up and around the mountains at a moderate incline. The views from Mount Battie and Mount Megunticook are well worth the trek; hikers are treated to an incredible panorama of surrounding lakes, forests, and bays. Some of the park’s most popular routes include:

  • Megunticook Trail (1 mile)
  • Adam’s Lookout Trail (0.3 miles)
  • The Ridge Trail (2.5 miles)
  • Jack Williams Trail (1.6 miles)
  • Slope Trail (1.5 miles)
  • Summer Bypass Trail (0.8 miles)

Local Tip: Be sure to arm yourself with a trail map before heading out. Though the trails themselves are maintained, Camden’s five trailheads are not well marked and are easy to miss.

2. Birdwatching

Another popular park activity is birdwatching. Wildlife enthusiasts flock to this area because it hosts a number of unique species that are hard to find throughout the rest of Maine. Pack a pair of binoculars and search the skies for hawks, eagles, osprey, falcons, and more.

3. Camping

Want to spend a night under the stars? Camden Hills State Park campground has over a hundred sites to choose from, complete with RV hookups, bathrooms, showers, and hot water. There’s also a large picnic area with tables and outdoor grills. Visit the park’s website to reserve your campsite.

4. Visit the Town of Camden

Camden Hills State Park is located a few minutes north of Camden, a quintessential New England town that’s a must-see while you’re in the area. Feel free to browse its shops, art galleries, and restaurants, or catch a show at the stunning Camden Opera House. You can also head down to Camden’s working harbor, which offers cruises and whale watching tours daily.

Book Your Stay at Topside Inn

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After a wonderful day at the park, take an easy drive to Boothbay Harbor and unwind at Topside Inn. Our gorgeous property is convenient to many outdoor attractions, including preserves, parks, and offshore islands. We also offer top-notch amenities and some of the finest accommodations in the area.

For a peaceful getaway you won’t soon forget, consider staying at our Water’s Edge Cottage. This gorgeous home overlooks Linekin Bay and features a big backyard, a 95-foot dock, an outdoor dining area, and much, much more. To find out when it’s available, visit our reservations page or give us a call. We look forward to having you!