Camden's motto of "where the mountains meet the sea" means there great hiking in the area, complete with stellar views of the Maine coast. Now that our boutique Camden hotel is open for the season, we're welcoming guests who are ready to explore this gem of a Midcoast Maine town. What better way than with a short hike that quickly affords hikers spectacular views of the islands of Penobscot Bay. Enjoy three of the best hikes in Camden and then relax back on the porch of the Whitehall.
Head north on Route One to this coastal state park which contains two of the areas most popular peaks: Mount Battie and Mount Megunticook. Both of the hikes are short (under 5 miles) and mild to moderately strenuous. But both reward you with great views of the coast and can be completed in under two hours. Mount Battie also has an auto road, so don't be surprised when you hike to the top and find cars!
This trail network is 50 miles of paths throughout the Midcoast region. We love the payoff of the Ragged Mountain Trail, a short but steep hike that looks west towards Mount Washington and the White Mountains. At the summit, the fifth highest on the Eastern seaboard, you'll find wild blueberries in season late summer. Access the trailhead near the Camden Snow Bowl on Barnestown Rd—look for the sign that says Bald Mountain Preserve, which also has great hiking trails.
Just south of Rockport, this 300-acre preserve is the home of Beech Hill, a great afternoon hike. At only 1-1/2 miles round trip, Beech Hill is an easy hike through forests and meadows, with great views from the top. At the summit, admire and walk through Beech Nut, a historic landmark built as a picnic shelter by a family from 1913-1915. Its sod-covered roof and stone construction add a charming touch to this scenic hike in Camden.