Camden Hills State Park
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A 5,700 acre park with 30 miles of hiking trails, oceanside picnic area, family campground, winding auto road up to the 800 foot summit of Mount Battie with sweeping views of Penobscot Bay, and Mount Megunticook - one of the highest points on the Atlantic seaboard.
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Camden Hills State Park is located a few minutes north of Camden. The park is known for its scenic lookout high atop Mt. Battie with sweeping views of Camden, Penobscot Bay, and the surrounding islands.
Camden Hills State Park Info
Camden Hills State Park
280 Belfast Road
Camden, ME 04843
Toll Free: 207-236-0849
Mount Battie Summit
Elevation: 800 feet
Mount Megunticook Summit Elevation: 1385 feet
Park Size: 5,700 acres
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Camden Hills State Park- 5,700 acres with wooded hills, and an 800 foot summit with sweeping views of Penobscot Bay
Camden Hills State Park is a vast 5,700-acre park where visitors are treated to 30 miles of hiking trails, breathtaking views of surrounding hills and lakes, well-maintained and equipped campgrounds, and a large picnic area for family and friends.
The National Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps created the park in the 1930s, formerly known as the “Camden Hills Recreation Development Area.” The name was later changed to Camden Hills State Park in 1947 and it has been one of Maine’s most popular attractions.
The view from the summit of Mount Battie is definitely worth the trek. Once at the summit you will get a full panoramic view of surrounding lakes, the beautiful wooded hillsides, and of course Camden Harbor and Penobscot Bay. By foot, the hike to Mount Battie will normally take up to two hours but you can opt to get to the top by car if you do not feel like the walk up. A fee is charged for the drive up the summit. During the fall season, it is a popular activity for the people to get to see the beautiful fall colors of the surrounding hillsides. Mount Megunticook, the highest peak on the Atlantic seaboard, is another good hiking destination, also with excellent views, although its summit is not as open as Mount Battie.
Camden Hills State Park- over 30 miles of scenic hiking trails
Hikers will definitely enjoy the 30 miles of trails the park is known for. Access to the hiking trails are all accessed from 5 main trail-heads. Arm yourself with a map as the five trailheads within the park are not well marked and you might miss them although the trails themselves are well maintained. The trails mostly go around or up the mountains and are usually up to four miles long each. A very popular hiking trail in the park is Maiden's Cliff Trail which takes the hiker to spectacular views of Megunticook Lake and the surrounding mixed forest.
Compared to other parks in the area, the hiking trails are considered to have an incline closer to hills than mountains. This makes hiking ideal for families with children as well as people who are only interested in a great view. The overall degree of difficulty is low because there are many areas with just moderate inclines and the trails average only 2 or 3 miles in length. However, for serious hikers, the trails have been designed to connect to each other throughout the park, which allows you to make your hikes as long as you want. With the ability to create your own loop, the possibilities are endless. If you have all day, then you can take all day to finish your hike. If you only have a couple of hours, there are trails for that too. July is the best time to go as it is the driest season. The trails get rather muddy during the rainy season.
Camping under the Stars - and other outdoor family fun
Wildlife lovers flock to the park as it hosts many unique birds that are hard to find throughout the rest of Maine. Camden Hills State Park is full of wildlife and is a popular spot for picnicking and camping. For those who enjoy the outdoors and camping, the Camden Hills State Park campground has over a hundred individual sites to choose from, complete with bathrooms and showers with hot water. The whole of the campsite is arranged in a way that you will not be too bothered with the other campers, offering some semblance of privacy. A reservation to stay on the campground is necessary, though. There is also a large picnic area, complete with picnic tables and outdoor grills. On the oceanside of the park, there are rock fishing opportunities with a great view of the shoreline and Penobscot Bay.
Camden Hills State Park has the advantage of being located near Acadia National Park which attracts a majority of the visitors in the area. This makes Camden Hills State Park much less crowded than it otherwise would be, leaving the environment more serene and relaxing. Camden Hills State Park is a great destination for those planning a slew of recreational activities and local sightseeing opportunities, and is highly recommended for nature lovers and outdoor people. Fees are charged depending on where you intend to go. The park is located at 280 Belfast Road, Camden, Maine.