The Best Outdoor Activities in Maine
Discover the best hiking, camping, backpacking, fitness, and more.
Explore Otter Point
Maine / Otter Point, Acadia National Park
If you only have an hour or so left to your day in Acadia, Otter Point offers some amazing views of the coastline, without being on a crowded beach.
Explore Cadillac Mountain
Maine / Cadillac Mountain, Acadia National Park
Seeing the sunrise on top of Cadillac Mountain is an absolute must when in Acadia National Park. Not only is it awesome to catch the first sunrise in the U.S.
Photograph Nubble Lighthouse
Maine / Cape Neddick Lighthouse
Officially named Cape Neddick Light, though more commonly known as Nubble Light, this lighthouse is part of the National Register of Historic Places and is a local favorite for photography.
Hike the Beehive Trail, Acadia National Park
Maine / Beehive Trailhead
This 1.6 mile round trip trail starts with a moderate grade as you leave the sand beach parking area.
View the Milky Way at Curtis Cove Beach
Maine / Curtis Cove
From the center of East Blue Hill, head east on Curtis Cove Rd 0.5 of a mile until you see a large curb on the right side for space to park.
Photograph Portland Head Light
Maine / Portland Head Light
Portland Head Light is one of Maine's most iconic and picturesque lighthouses that offers stunning views year round.
Catch the Sunset at Jordan Pond
Maine / Jordan Pond Nature Trail
If you ever find yourself in Acadia National Park, be sure to check out Jordan Pond. Jordan Pond is a 3.6 mile long pond sitting in the heart of Mt. Desert Island.
Summit Mt. Katahdin via The Hunt Trail
Maine / Baxter State Park
Let me start off by saying, this is not an easy hike by any means. Only attempt this if you are an experienced hiker. The route has over 5,000 ft elevation gain in a little over 5 miles.
Photograph Bass Harbor Lighthouse
Maine / Bass Harbor Lighthouse Trail
The skill level can vary on photographing this picture perfect location but no matter your skill level be sure to arrive early to scout out your best composition and be prepared for the swarm of othe.
Camp at Blackwoods Campground in Bar Harbor
Maine / Blackwoods Campground
Blackwoods Campground is one of two campgrounds located within Acadia National Park.
Hike to Rocky Pond
Maine / Kidney Pond Campground
Anytime you're visiting Baxter State Park it is worth making a quick stop at Kidney Pond Campground and hike the Rocky Pond Trail.
Explore Thunder Hole in Acadia NP
Maine / Thunder Hole Parking
A natural phenomenon caused by waves crashing into a narrow inlet, Thunder Hole is a sight worth seeing in Acadia National Park.
Swim in Coos Canyon
Maine / Coos Canyon Parking Area
Coos Canyon is right off of route 17 in Byron, ME.
Hike around Cape Elizabeth's Dyer Cove
Maine / Dyer Cove
If you venture to Cape Elizabeth, you may be lucky enough to see it in the dense fog that I was able to.
Kayak Downeast Maine
Maine / South Blue Hill Wharf
This scenic coastline is one of my favorites to travel whether it be on the water or on the shore. The route passes a large sand bar that is great for hanging out on, and enjoying a picnic.
Hike Mt. Katahdin and Hamlin Peak via Roaring Brook Campground
Maine / Katahdin & Hamlin Trailhead
This trail is located in the beautiful Baxter State Park. Baxter Peak (Katahdin) is the northern most terminus of the Appalachian Trail and the state's highest point.
Hike the Bubbles Divide Trail to Bubble Rock in Acadia NP
Maine / Bubbles Divide Trailhead
Bubble Rock is a well-known natural wonder in Acadia National Park. This large boulder, which was carried by powerful glaciers, is resting precariously on the edge of the summit of South Bubble.
Snowshoe Up Parkman Mountain
Maine / Parkman Mountain Parking Lot
Parkman Mountain is already a lesser-hiked trail in the summer, so when you snowshoe it in the winter, it is very likely you’ll have the entire mountain to yourself.
Hike the Precipice Trail of Champlain Mountain in Acadia NP
Maine / Precipice Trailhead
The Precipice Trail is one of the most well known trails in Acadia, probably for its difficulty and the fact that it is along the exposed edge of Champlain Mountain.
Winter Hike up Blue Hill Mountain
Maine / Osgood Parking Lot
There are two main trailheads to access the mountain, both of which have various ways of getting up. One easy trail that has only a few steep sections is the Osgood trail.
Hike Gorham Mountain Trail
Maine / Gorham Mountain Trailhead
Gorham Mountain Trail is one of the relatively shorter and easy trails in Acadia National Park, and it's a perfect morning spot to catch a sunrise in Acadia (much less crowded than the highly-visited.
Backpack to Russell Pond, Davis Pond, Baxter Peak, and the Knife Edge
Maine / Roaring Brook Campground
Day #1 This Backpacking trip starts at the Roaring Brook campground on the east side of Baxter SP.
Explore Otter Cliff
Maine / Otter Cliff Parking
Otter Cliff – not to be confused with Otter Point – is a popular stop along the Ocean Path trail in Acadia National Park.
Hike to Moxie Falls
Maine / Moxie Falls Trailhead
The trail begins at the Moxie Falls trailhead. Continue along the trail until you cross an access road. Cross the access road and keep going.
Hike up to Maiden's Cliff
Maine / Maiden's Cliff Trailhead
With a total elevation gain of 1000 feet in one mile to the top, the entire hike is uphill.
Explore Houston Brook Falls
Maine / Houston Brook Falls
From the parking lot there is a small trail to the left. The trail is unmarked, but visible and easy enough to follow. You can hear the falls from the trail which aids in direction.
Hike to The Bowl in Acadia NP
Maine / The Bowl Trailhead
The Bowl is a small pond nestled in the mountains of Acadia National Park.
Kayak Casco Bay
Maine / East End Beach, Portland, Maine
This kayaking adventure begins at East End Beach at the Eastern Promenade in Portland.
Photograph Sunrise at the Old Orchard Beach Pier
Maine / Old Orchard Beach Pier
Few things create a more dramatic scene for a sunrise than a pier spanning out into the water, and the one in Old Orchard Beach is pretty iconic.
Hike to Jewell Falls
Maine / Fore River Sanctuary
Fore River Sanctuary is 85 acres in the heart of Portland right off of Congress Street.
Relax at Little Hunters Beach
Maine / Little Hunters Beach
Little Hunters Beach is a hidden gem in Acadia National Park. It’s the perfect place to get away from the crowds and listen to the crashing waves and the crackling of the cobblestones.
Hike the Great Head Trail in Acadia NP
Maine / Great Head Trail
To begin the Great Head Trail hike, you'll want to park at the parking lot for Sand Beach located on the Park Loop Road.
Hike Pemetic Mountain in Acadia NP
Maine / Jordan Pond Path Trailhead
Pemetic Mountain is a challenging hike in the Jordan Pond area of Acadia National Park. There are several route options to the summit, with varying levels of difficulty.
Walk the Bar Harbor Shore Path
Maine / Bar Harbor Shore Path
The Bar Harbor shore path is a simple walking trail that runs along the eastern shore of Mt. Desert Island.
Off-season Camp at Blackwoods Campground
Maine / Blackwoods Campground
When we saw that the weather in Acadia was going to be mid 40's and sunny in March, we decided we had to go.
Explore Spring Point Lighthouse
Maine / Spring Point Lighthouse
Being a less popular lighthouse out of the many in the greater Portland area, parking is easy and crowds are limited. Parking at Fort Prebble is ideal for a short walk to the lighthouse.
Camp at Mount Desert Campground on Somes Sound
Maine / Mount Desert Campground
Being in the center of Mt. Desert Island, you are just a quick drive to Acadia National Park and Bar Harbor. This campground offers waterfront and off-waterfront sites.
Hike the Bar Island Trail in Acadia NP
Maine / Bar Island Trail
The Bar Island Trail is something I was a little hesitant to do at first, mainly because of my tendency to wander and take a lot longer on a trail than I anticipate.
Hike the Jesup Path & Hemlock Road Loop
Maine / Jesup Path Trailhead
This easy hike starts over a wooden foot bridge to the left of the Wild Gardens Of Acadia. Here you will take a right on the Jesup Path paralleling the gardens.
Watch the Sunrise from the Marginal Way Trail
Maine / Perkin's Cove Public Parking
Park near the Oceanside Oarweed restaurant or any other public spots on the cove's peninsula. Marginal Way is a nicely paved 1.
Hike the Carson Trail in Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
Maine / Rachel Carson NWR Visitor Center
Pull into the well marked Wildlife Refuge off Port Rd. There's several official building as well as an interpretive center and bathroom very close to the parking lot.
Summit Dorr Mountain via the Ladder Trail
Maine / Ladder Trailhead
To find the trail head, drive out of Bar Harbor down Route 3.
Hike to Laudholm Beach at Wells National Estuarine Reserve
Maine / Wells National Reserve at Laudholm Parking Area
From the main parking area take the Beach Barrier Trail which takes you through several different types of environment; fields, forests, and marshland before reaching Laudholm Beach to further explor.
Snowshoe the Northern Loop Trail at Bradbury Mountain
Maine / Bradbury Mountain State Park Parking Lot
Bradbury mountain has ample parking and multiple trails that lead around the mountain and up to the summit. We took the Northern Loop, which is the longest trail up the small mountain.
Hike the Bridle Path through the Madelyn Marx Preserve
Maine / Western Ave/Rt 9 Pull-off
After crossing the Mousam River on Western Ave, see signs and gravel pull-off areas for parking at the Bridle Path trailhead.
HIke the Dorr Mountain Loop via the Tarn Trail
Maine / Sieur de Monts Nature Center
This hike starts from the parking lot of Sieur de Monts Nature Center parking lot, walking on the Wild Gardens Path to the Tarn Trail.
Hike to Cranberry Lake in Moosehorn NWR
Maine / Cranberry Lake Hike Start Point
The trailhead for this hike is easy to find.
Picnic at Pretty Marsh
Maine / Pretty Marsh Parking
This picnic area is located on the Western side of the island. There are pull off areas to park and a small lot along the Pretty Marsh Road.
Fly Fish Lower Dam at Rapid River, Maine
Maine / Rapid River Parking
Getting to Rapid River can be a bit of a trek, as the 10 or so miles leading to it is a maze of logging roads and the cell service is spotty at best.
Visit the Portland Breakwater Lighthouse (Bug Light)
Maine / Bug Light Park
Built in 1855, (also known as 'Bug Light') the lighthouse was used as a breakwater to the bustling harbor of Portland during the booming shipbuilding era during the World Wars.
Explore Mount Battie
Maine / Camden Hills State Park, Mt Battie Rd
The summit of Mount Battie is accessible from either the front trail that is located just outside of the state park, or there is an auto road that leads up to the summit within the park (the location.
Cross Country Ski the Trails at Harris Farm
Maine / Harris Farm
Harris Farm is a great place for beginner cross country skiing or to hone in on already developed skills. They provide rentals ($15pp) and the network of trails is several miles long.