With miles of hiking trails and wonderful scenic vistas, Camden Hills State Park is a must visit attraction in Camden Maine. Camden Hills State Park has 30 miles of hiking trails with access from five major trail heads; the Mt. Battie trail begins/ends at the top of Megunticook Street, which is the street that backs the Camden Windward House Bed & Breakfast, about a 1/10th of a mile walk up to the trail. Camden Hills State Park is a low set of mountains in the towns of Camden, Rockport and Lincolnville. There are incredible views of Penobscot Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Parts of the trail are very steep. Skiing and snowmobiling trails also exist in the park. The view is fantastic and we think it rivals any Acadia National Park view. There is a trail for everyone, easy, difficult or moderate. You can even rock climb if you wish. We have rock climbing guides in the area. The Innkeepers at Windward House can guide you to any of the trails. Trail maps are always available at the Inn. There is a fantastic stone look out tower at the top of Mt. Battie. A rock with Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poetry can also be found on the top of the mountain. The portion of Edna St. Vincent’s Renascence poem is etched on a rock:
All I could see from where I stood Was three long mountains and a wood; I turned and looked another way, And saw three islands in a bay. So with my eyes I traced the line Of the horizon, thin and fine, Straight around till I was come Back to where I’d started from; And all I saw from where I stood Was three long mountains and a wood.
There are 20 trails in Camden Hills State Park, each with varying difficulty:
1. Maiden Cliff Trail: Distance: 1 Mile Time: 1hr. Moderate difficulty
2. Scenic Trail: Distance: .8 Mile, Time: 45min. Moderate difficulty
3. Ridge Trail: Distance: 2.5 Mile, Time: 2.5hrs. Moderate difficulty
4. Zekes Trail: Distance: 1.3 Mile, Time: 1hr. Moderate difficulty
5. Cameron Mtn.: Trail: Distance: 1.9 Mile, Time: 1.5 hr. Easy difficulty
6. Sky Blue Trail: Distance: 1.5 Mile, Time: 1.5 hrs. Easy – Moderate difficulty
7. Frohock Mtn. : Distance: 1.9 Mile, Time: 2hrs. Moderate – strenous difficulty – Mt. Bike Trail
8. Bald Rock: Distance: .5 Mile, Time: 30min. Easy – Moderate difficulty
9. Slope: Distance: 1.5 Mile, Time: 1.5. Moderate – strenous difficulty
10. Megunticook Trail: Distance: 1 Mile, Time: 1 hr. Moderate difficulty
11. Multi Use Trail: Distance: 5 Miles, Time: 3hrs. Easy difficulty – takes you from Camden to Lincolnville.
12.Carriage Trail: Distance: .5 Mile, Time: 30minutes 45min. Easy – Moderate difficulty
13.Carriage Road Trail: Distance: .8 Mile, Time: 45min. Moderate difficulty
14. Tablelands: Distance: 1.5 Mile, Time: 1.5 hr. Moderate – strenous difficulty
15. Mt. Battie Trail: Distance: .5 Mile, Time: 45min. Moderate – strenous difficulty
16. Nature Trail: Distance: 1.2 Mile, Time: 1hr. Easy difficulty
17. Jack Williams Trail: Distance: 1.6 Mile, Time: 1.5 hr Easy – Moderate difficulty
18. Adam’s Look Tail: Distance: .3 Mile, Time: 10min. Easy difficulty
19. Shoreline Trail: Distance: .8 Mile, Time: 15min. Easy difficulty
20. Summer Bypass trail: Distance: .4 Mile, Time: 30min. Easy difficulty
Download a MAP of Camden Hills Here: http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/parksinfo/camden/camdentrails.pdf
This is my favorite poem about Camden Hills State Park:
Afternoon on a Hill – Edna St. Vincent Millay:
I will be the gladdest thing
Under the sun! I will touch a hundred flowers
And not pick one.
I will look at cliffs and clouds
With quiet eyes, Watch the wind bow down the grass,
And the grass rise.
And when lights begin to show
Up from the town, I will mark which must be mine,
And then start down!