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The Best Running in Maine

Looking for the best running in Maine? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Maine. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top running spots in and near Maine

  • Bar Harbor, Maine

    Walk the Bar Harbor Shore Path

    4.0
    1.21 mi / 30 ft gain
    The Bar Harbor shore path is a simple walking trail that runs along the eastern shore of Mt. Desert Island. There's little to no elevation change since it's on the water's edge, but the views of this picturesque harbor are always worthwhile.  Despite being a mellow walk, this is something you re...
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  • Mount Desert, Maine

    Camp at Mount Desert Campground on Somes Sound

    5.0
    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.  The waterfront is right along Somes Sound and offers amazing views at anytime of the day.  We went during off season (no reserva...
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  • Ogunquit, Maine

    Watch the Sunrise from the Marginal Way Trail

    5.0
    2 mi / 70 ft gain
    Park near the Oceanside Oarweed restaurant or any other public spots on the cove's peninsula. Marginal Way is a nicely paved 1.25 mile out and back path, perfect for a morning walk or run on the rocky coast. Catch fishermen, lobstermen, and recreational boats as they leave, or choose to sit at on...
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  • Wells, Maine

    Hike the Carson Trail in Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge

    4.0
    1 mi / 0 ft gain
    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.The only trail, the Carson Trail, is feet from the parking area. It's an extremely well groomed gravel trail easily accessible for ...
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  • Kennebunk, Maine

    Hike the Bridle Path through the Madelyn Marx Preserve

    4.0
    1.5 mi / 0 ft gain
    After crossing the Mousam River on Western Ave, see signs and gravel pull-off areas for parking at the Bridle Path trailhead. The Madelyn Marx Preserve is a greater part of the Kennebunk Land Trust home to many preserves in the area (So look for Kennebunk Land Trust signs as well).Hike through op...
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  • Waterford, Maine

    Hike Hawk Mountain

    5.0
    2.2 mi / 500 ft gain
    1.4 mile Out-and-Back trail hike is family friendly and provides spectacular views, especially at sunset. Trail closes right after dusk though, so be careful to not wander too long. Turn onto Hawk Mountain Road, and drive until you see the parking lot on the left and trail head on the right, abou...
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  • Millinocket, Maine

    North Traveler Mountain Trail to Pogy Notch Trail Loop

    4.0
    9.49 mi / 3169 ft gain
    North Traveler Mountain Trail to Pogy Notch Trail Loop is a loop trail that takes you by the lake located near Millinocket, Maine.
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  • Mount Desert, Maine

    Acadia Mountain and Man O War Trail

    2.69 mi / 699 ft gain
    Acadia Mountain and Man O War Trail is a loop trail that takes you by the lake located near Northeast Harbor, Maine.
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  • Bowdoinham, Maine

    Swan Island Loop

    7.48 mi / 492 ft gain
    Swan Island Loop is a loop trail that takes you by a river located near Bowdoinham, Maine.
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  • Millinocket, Maine

    Baxter State Park Scenic Drive

    45.71 mi / 2674 ft gain
    Baxter State Park Scenic Drive is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a lake located near Millinocket, Maine.
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  • Cape Elizabeth, Maine

    Winnick Woods Loop

    1.49 mi / 105 ft gain
    Winnick Woods Loop is a loop trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
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  • Millinocket, Maine

    South Branch Pond Loop

    6.22 mi / 1801 ft gain
    South Branch Pond Loop is a loop trail that takes you by the lake located near Millinocket, Maine.
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  • Camden, Maine

    Scenic Trail Cut-off and Maiden Cliff Trail

    1.8 mi / 755 ft gain
    Scenic Trail Cut-off and Maiden Cliff Trail is a loop trail that takes you by the lake located near Camden, Maine.
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  • Benton, Maine

    Kennebeck River Walk

    2.88 mi / 79 ft gain
    Kennebeck River Walk is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Fairfield, Maine.
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  • Belfast, Maine

    Belfast Rail Trail

    2.07 mi / 62 ft gain
    Belfast Rail Trail is a point-to-point trail that takes you by a river located near Belfast, Maine.
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  • Phippsburg, Maine

    Hermit Island Loop

    3.82 mi / 177 ft gain
    Hermit Island Loop is a loop trail that provides a good opportunity to view wildlife located near Phippsburg, Maine.
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