Maine August 30, 2017
These State Parks Are Considered The Absolute Best Maine Has To Offer
While you might be hearing a lot about the final days of summer, we urge you to stay strong! There’s still plenty of time for exploring the outdoors. And, the best thing about being in Maine is that even when the weather gets colder, you can still get out there! These state parks are great for the end of summer, fall and even the snowy winter months.
1. Baxter State Park, Millinocket
Come one, you all expected this one. No state park list is complete without Baxter. Perhaps the best known state park in Maine, Baxter is home to Katahdin, the northern terminus of the AT. But, it's also a wonderful place to explore even without plans to get to the summit. Enjoy the lakes and campgrounds here, but book early - it's pretty busy year round and the fall is VERY popular.
2. Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth
This park's name might be the most appropriate of the bunch. It's named because of the...you guessed it...two lighthouses! This is a very on-the-grid park with a gift shop and full-service restaurant featuring fresh seafood. Come in the warmer weather to eat at the outdoor picnic tables. This one is also very "Maine" with a trail along the rocky coastline.
3. Sebago Lake State Park, Casco
This park is right next to Point Sebago Resort, which is one of the most family friendly resorts in the Northeast. The park offers lots of activities for year round fun. Enjoy the beaches, hiking, horseback riding and kayaking when it's warm out. Then, in the winter, take advantage of the cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. You'll also get some pretty awesome views of the White Mountains.
4. Birch Point State Park, Owls Head
Those looking for a more remote park will love this! The secluded paradise offers views of the Penobscot Bay and nearby slands. It's popular for swimming, fishing and picnicking. But, get there quickly! It's only open during the summer and you can't camp.
5. Bradbury Mountain State Park, Pownal
Home to Bradbury Mountain and all the views that come with it, Bradbury Mountain State Park has 590 acres for camping, hiking and picnicking. This is also the only state park in Maine to offer shared-use trails for horseback riders, mountain bikers and snowmobilers.
6. Scarborough Beach State Park, Scarborough
If you want to mix your state park visit with a relaxing beach swim, this is the one for you! The water here is warm, making it very popular for swimming. As a result, it's pretty busy in the summer. If you prefer to skip getting wet, take a hike on the self-guided trail. The "Shack" serves food and provides daily chair, umbrella and boogie board rentals.
7. Rangeley Lake State Park, Rangeley
Rangeley is certainly one of the most beautiful state parks in all of Maine. It overlooking the western mountains and Rangeley Lake. The summer is pretty busy, but in the winter visitors can snowmobile and snowshoe. Get there in the summer for great fishing and camping.
8. Camden Hills State Park, Camden
Camden Hills State Park's signature location is the scenic vista high atop Mt. Battie where sweeping Autumn views of Camden, Penobscot Bay, and surrounding islands await. On a clear day, visitors can see Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park. Mt. Megunticook, the highest of the Camden Hills - and highest peak on the mainland - is a moderate climb by foot trail.
9. Popham Beach State Park, Phippsburg
This is another popular summer destination for families. The waves here are calm and the best part is the abundance of shallow tide pools during low tide. Explore the area to find starfish, crustaceans and shells. But, if you find anything living, be sure to put it back where you found it!
10. Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park, Freeport
While you're in the park, enjoy clamming, kayaking and boating. The land is mostly flat here, so it's great for people who simply want a lovely stroll through the Maine outdoors. If you get tired of nature easily, make this your go-to state park destination. Why? Because Freeport's outlets aren't far away.
Thanks to visitmaine.net for the inspiration on this article!
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