While some travelers flock to Midcoast Maine for the spectacular summer weather and abundance of lighthouses, others come to take advantage of the region’s incredible hiking trails. We invite you to explore our coastal paradise and find relaxation in the beauty of nature this year. It’s the perfect way to slow things down, clear your mind, enjoy the fresh air, and get some exercise in the process. Discover the best places to go hiking in Midcoast Maine and embark on a beautiful journey during your next visit to the Topside Inn.
Just don’t leave home without exploring our free Vacation Guide. We packed it with local tips and recommendations to help you make the most of your time in Midcoast Maine. Plus, it simplifies your planning so that you can spend more time on what matters — experiencing the magnificence of Maine.
The Top 4 Places for Hiking in Midcoast Maine
1. Boothbay Region Land Trust
The Boothbay Region Land Trust works tirelessly to preserve our area’s natural habitat and scenic beauty. Thirty miles of hiking trails provide you with the opportunity to explore several different preserves, meadows, wetlands, and more. There are trails for all experience levels, so it’s simple to find the perfect adventure for you. Some of our favorite trails in the Boothbay Region Land Trust include the Ovens Mouth Preserve, Porter Reserve, and Lobster Cove Meadow Preserve. Best of all, the trails are open year-round and free to the public!
2. Damariscove Island
This historic, uninhabited isle off the coast of Boothbay Harbor is home to some of the best hiking trails in Maine. A quick boat ride to Damariscove Island gives you access to over 200 acres of coastal tundra vegetation, large populations of nesting seabirds, and three miles of hiking trails to admire it all. (Please keep in mind that you may have to charter a boat to reach the island.)
3. Monhegan Island
Monhegan Island is another isle off the coast of Boothbay Harbor, and it’s a local treasure with a thriving arts culture and abundance of natural beauty. The main draw for visitors here is an awe-inspiring hiking trail that leads you alongside wilderness areas, crashing surf, and stunning cliffs. After your expedition, be sure to stop by Monhegan Island Brewing Company for a refreshing pint of Maine beer or browse the island’s wide variety of art galleries for a gift or souvenir from your visit.
4. Camden Hills State Park
Camden Hills State Park is a vast, 5,700-acre wonderland of sweeping views and elaborate networks of hiking trails. These routes vary in difficulty and length, and most of them wind around the mountains at a moderate incline. The views from Mount Battie and Mount Megunticook are well worth the trek, and you’re rewarded with an incredible panorama of the surrounding lakes, forests, and bays.
Rest Your Feet and Relax at Topside Inn
After a full day of hiking in Midcoast Maine, we invite you to return to the Topside Inn for some well-deserved rest in Boothbay Harbor, ME. Our property features stunning gardens, harbor views, and a convenient location near the top local attractions, including preserves, parks, and offshore islands. You have a variety of coastal-themed accommodations to choose from, and they come with a whole list of top-notch amenities. Plus, you get to wake up to a complimentary gourmet breakfast each morning that we make from scratch with local ingredients. (Some of the ingredients even come from our own, on-site garden!) It’s everything you need and more for a memorable vacation.