Insider’s Guide to Maine
From family-friendly hikes to deep-wilderness paddling trips, Maine has it all.
What makes Maine so perfect for so many types of people? First, there’s a wide variety of sprawling, spacious landscapes—from forested mountains to coastal bluffs. Next comes diverse recreation: sea kayaking, river paddling, hiking, camping, biking, and fishing. Now add the state’s rich cultural history and quaint small towns, and you’ve got a natural paradise for any adventure. Start with these three trips, then go here to find 57 more.
Hike Blueberry Mountain
Blueberry Mountain is crowned with unique stands of red pines and, no surprise, ample berry bushes. The 4-mile loop is great for families, but that’s not to say there’s no challenge. The White Cairn Trail starts easily but climbs 600 feet in just a third of a mile before leveling off near the top. Be sure to follow the trail markers to the overlook off of the main trail. Similarly, while returning via the Stone House Trail, be sure to take the path to Rattlesnake Pools for an icy dip in a mountain stream. Learn More
Paddle West Grand Lake
West Grand Lake and Grand Lake Stream were once part of a historic canoe route used by the Wabanaki People. Today, paddlers will love the area’s wild feel and stunning scenery. More than 20 riverside campsites mean the itineraries are endless: You can stage anything from a day trip to a 20-mile, multi-day adventure. And because this is one of the quietest parts of Maine, trips here are known for their solitude—punctuated only by the haunting calls of loons. Learn More
Ride Carrabassett Valley Trails
This massive trail network of more than 100 miles of single- and double-track trails is composed of three parts. The Narrow Gauge Path is a crushed gravel rail trail that follows the east bank of the Carrabassett River and is beginner-friendly. The Maine Huts and Trails network, branching off from the Narrow Gauge Path, serves up spectacular flow trails like the 3-mile Oak Knoll descent. Across Route 27 (you can ride the Route 27 Connector Trail) you’ll find the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, with another 35 miles of trails for all abilities. There’s also a shop for bike rentals and repairs. Learn More