MidCoast Maine is one of the most stunning regions on the East Coast. Our coastal location is the perfect destination for travelers’ seeking both beauty and solitude. You can sail on the Camden Harbor, relax at the beach, or embark on various nature hikes in Camden, Maine. These secluded trails in Camden offer spectacular views of our area’s native flora and fauna. Some of these nature hikes even offer panoramic views of the town of Camden and Penobscot Bay. It’s a great way to experience all the natural beauty this area has to offer. Read on to discover six of our favorite places to hike in and near Camden, Maine!
When you’re ready to start planning your trip, request our Camden Travel Guide. This complimentary resource is filled with local insight into the best things to do in the town of Camden and beyond. It’s a great place to begin crafting your dream itinerary!
Top 6 Nature Hikes in Camden, Maine
1. Merryspring Nature Center
Merryspring Nature Center is a 66-acre nature park in Camden that offers various gardens and trails for visitors to explore. The main trail loop takes about 30-40 minutes to complete and winds around the perimeter of the park. Other paths wind around the different theme gardens, a meadow and an arboretum. With so much diverse flora and fauna, it’s truly a delight for all who enjoy nature!
2. Camden Hills State Park
There are several nature hikes in Camden Hills State Park. While you can’t go wrong with some of the main trailheads (like Mount Battie, listed below) we also recommend taking the path less traveled. About a mile from our Inn, there’s a short walking path along the coast. This trail offers picnic tables where you can enjoy lunch and many rocks to perch upon and gaze out onto the ocean.
3. Mount Battie Trail
Mount Battie Trail is one of the most popular nature hikes in our area. This 1.1-mile trail is a highlight of Camden Hills State Park and boasts more than 600 feet of elevation gain. Along the way, enjoy spectacular views of beautiful wildflowers and the sparkling Penobscot Bay. From the summit of Mount Battie, you can even enjoy panoramic views of the harbor and town of Camden! On a clear day you can see many islands, including Mt. Desert Island in Acadia National Park.
4. Maidens Cliff Trail
Maidens Cliff Trail is a one-mile moderate trail that leads to spectacular views of Megunticook Lake and the Atlantic Ocean in the distance. You can sit on the ledges, enjoying the views and sunshine while eating a picnic lunch. Afterwards there are other trails to explore, including the Scenic Trail and the Ridge Trail, all part of the network of trails in Camden Hills State Park.
5. Fernald’s Neck Preserve
Fernald’s Neck Preserve, a part of the Coastal Mountain Land Trust offers a diverse network of hiking trails. This nature area encompasses most of a peninsula that juts into Megunticook Lake. Here, you can choose from trails that range in difficulty from easy to moderate. One trail leads to Balance Rock, a huge erratic left behind by the glaciers that seems to be precariously balanced on its point. You can try and try to push it over, but it won’t budge. After all, it’s been like this for about 20,000 years. Fernald’s Neck also is a great place for swimming and wildlife watching.
6. Beauchamp Point
Beauchamp Point is one of our favorite nature hikes just outside of Camden. Located in Rockport, it’s just about a five-minute drive from the Inn and is a spot that’s usually only known to locals. Here, you can follow a wooded dirt road that leads you by Vesper Hill Chapel (an outdoor small chapel overlooking the ocean) and by rock ledges with gorgeous views of the Rockport Harbor. It’s also a beautiful place for a picnic lunch.
Rest Your Legs at the Camden Maine Stay Inn
Relax at the Camden Maine Stay Inn after a day exploring these nature hikes in Camden, Maine. Our bed and breakfast is just a short distance from all the nature hikes listed above, so it’s easy to explore as many as you wish during your trip. We recommend reserving a Picnic Basket package along with your stay at the Camden Maine Stay Inn. Each basket is filled with local delicacies like a fresh Maine lobster or crab roll, chips made from potatoes grown in Aroostook County, locally sourced fruit, a chilled bottle of Poland Springs water, and a fresh, homemade brownie or other sweet prepared in the Inn’s kitchen. Your basket also includes plates, cutlery, and napkins. All you need to bring is your appetite!
After you return to the Inn, spend even more time with nature as you take the time to delight in the sights and sounds of our beautiful park-like garden. Each season brings forth its own special natural delights!
When it’s time to rest your legs, retreat to one of our sophisticated, comfortable guest rooms. Consider a stay in the Dogwood Room. This guest room, which can accommodate two persons, is named in for the three beautiful Japanese dogwood trees in our garden. The Dogwood Room also boasts a queen-size bed and a private bathroom with a walk-in shower.
Check our availability to start planning your trip. We can’t wait to show you around!