8 Under-Appreciated State Parks In Maine You're Sure To Love
Most tourists come to Maine headed straight for Acadia National Park. While it’s beautiful, it’s certainly not the only park in Maine that offers access to trees, streams, lakes and camping. State parks offer something for just about everyone in every single season and Maine is home to 36 of them along with an amazing state forest and a national monument. Whether you prefer to wait until summer for a lake dip or you’re the type that loves a good snowstorm for cross-country skiing, you’ll want to pay a visit to these beautiful state parks in Maine!
What are your favorite state parks to visit in Maine? Did we have any on this list that surprised you? Share your thoughts on all things related to Maine’s state parks in the comments below!
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Are there any national parks in Maine?
We have one national park in Maine... and it's a stunner! Up in Bar Harbor, Maine, you'll find Acadia National Park, the Pine Tree State's only national park, and one of one of the top ten most popular parks in the United States! In fact, the National Parks Service reported that the number of recreational visitors to Acadia National Park amounted to approximately 2.67 million in 2020, which is remarkable given that our state isn't always on the national radar. This stunning natural wonder is well worth a spot on your bucket list, and passing through miles of Maine's beautiful, varied, remote countryside to get here is part of the thrill. One of our bucket-list musts in Acadia is watching the sunrise -- adventurous types should plan to summit the peak of Cadillac Mountain for this momentous experience. Accessible by car, it's the highest point on the east coast of the United States. During parts of the year, it's also the first place in the U.S. to see the sun peeking up over the edge of the eastern horizon. You'll see the sunrise before anyone else in the country... how cool is that?
What's the best state park to visit in Maine?
While we certainly believe that *all* of Maine's state parks are well-worth exploring, there's just something extra special about Baxter State Park. This glorious state park in Millinocket, Maine, offers 2,000 beautiful acres of land on which to explore, unwind, and let go. It also offers a chance for adventure-seekers to challenge themselves on some of the state's hardest trails.Governor Percival P. Baxter gifted the park to the state of Maine in 1931. The only stipulation was that it remain "forever wild." Today, if you visit, you'll see that the mandate has been taken seriously as this is one of the most wild-feeling spots in all of New England. Exploring such a rugged and remote area is an experience for every Mainer's bucket list, and luckily, Baxter State Park is right here, waiting with open arms for you to see.