Hiking Camden Hills State Park, Camden Maine

Camden Hills State Park- 5,700 acres with wooded hills, and an 800 foot summit with sweeping views of Penobscot Bay

Mt. Battie - Camden Hills State ParkCamden Hills State Park is a vast 5,700-acre park where visitors are treated to 30 miles of hiking trails, breathtaking views of surrounding hills and lakes, well-maintained and equipped campgrounds, and a large picnic area for family and friends.

The National Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps created the park in the 1930s, formerly known as the “Camden Hills Recreation Development Area.” The name was later changed to Camden Hills State Park in 1947 and it has been one of Maine’s most popular attractions.

The view from the summit of Mount Battie is definitely worth the trek. Once at the summit you will get a full panoramic view of surrounding lakes, the beautiful wooded hillsides, and of courseCamden Harbor and Penobscot Bay. By foot, the hike to Mount Battie will normally take up to two hours but you can opt to get to the top by car if you do not feel like the walk up. A fee is charged for the drive up the summit. During the fall season, it is a popular activity for the people to get to see the beautiful fall colors of the surrounding hillsides. Mount Megunticook, the highest peak on the Atlantic seaboard, is another good hiking destination, also with excellent views, although its summit is not as open as Mount Battie.

Camden Hills State Park- over 30 miles of scenic hiking trails

Hikers will definitely enjoy the 30 miles of trails the park is known for. Access to the hiking trails are all accessed from 5 main trail-heads. Arm yourself with a map as the five trailheads within the park are not well marked and you might miss them although the trails themselves are well maintained. The trails mostly go around or up the mountains and are usually up to four miles long each. A very popular hiking trail in the park is Maiden's Cliff Trail which takes the hiker to spectacular views of Megunticook Lake and the surrounding mixed forest.

Compared to other parks in the area, the hiking trails are considered to have an incline closer to hills than mountains. This makes hiking ideal for families with children as well as people who are only interested in a great view. The overall degree of difficulty is low because there are many areas with just moderate inclines and the trails average only 2 or 3 miles in length. However, for serious hikers, the trails have been designed to connect to each other throughout the park, which allows you to make your hikes as long as you want. With the ability to create your own loop, the possibilities are endless. If you have all day, then you can take all day to finish your hike. If you only have a couple of hours, there are trails for that too. July is the best time to go as it is the driest season. The trails get rather muddy during the rainy season.

 

State park information can be found here:

http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/search_name.pl?state_park=14&historic_site=&public_reserved_land=&shared_use_trails=&option=search

A trail map can be found here:  http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/parksinfo/camden/camdentrails.pdf

 

Join or login to comment.

  • Jacqueline H.

    I'm going to back out on tomorrow. The possibility of thunderstorms in the afternoon is changing my mind. I'll shoot for next week at Mt. Blue.

    May 10, 2013

  • Patt Chen & Tom C.

    If anyone is interested in meeting somewhere afterwards there are various nice spots in which to do so. Great lobster rolls can be found in Lincolnville, a good sandwich place is the Camden Deli, more seafood is available at Graffam's (all of these places are on the water or have a great view of it) and there's also Cappy's if a pub environment is preferred where you can also imbibe in a pint. And when I think of it, there're actually pints available at all of these places, so there's no shortage brewed grains up this way!

    2 · May 7, 2013

    • Carie J.

      Sounds like fun. Do you want to scope out the right spot for a dozen then make a plan and let us all know where to meet? You can fill us in on the details on Saturday.

      1 · May 7, 2013

    • Patt Chen & Tom C.

      Sure ... we'll figure out a venue and will update all when we see you. Talk to you then!

      May 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll have more availability in June.

    May 7, 2013

  • Gail D.

    Should we pack a lunch? Or are we meeting somewhere after the hike?

    May 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, folks. I'm driving up from Bath and am happy to stop to pick up a passenger... BUT on the way home, I need to stop in Rockland for an errand. Feel free to call me [masked]) if you'd like to negotiate a pick-up along the 1.

    May 6, 2013

  • Jacqueline H.

    I'm going to try to make it. I'm under contract for the house and I may close early. But I also want to get these hikes in and I don't want to loose the connection I have with your people.

    April 28, 2013

    • Carie J.

      Good luck on the house closing. Hope to see you!

      May 6, 2013

    • Jacqueline H.

      Is anyone car pooling with you? I'd like to hitch a ride. I could meet you somewhere in Augusta.

      May 6, 2013

  • Carie J.

    Wow, I love watching the group of hikers grow as the weekend gets closer. I will be sending out a group email mid week to offer up details and info. A couple things to keep in mind... remember you hike at your own risk. I am not a guide only an organizer. I bring us together but don't pretend to know the first thing about hiking. A voluntary donation of $1-3 per hike is welcomed. This offsets my costs for website (meet up.com) fees. I suspect we will have two groups this weekend. One for people ready to hike the distance to bald mountain others who are looking for a shorter walk and climb to Mt. Batty or Mt. Megunticook. All are worthy climbs. Pick the one best suited for your skill level. see the trail map posted.

    May 6, 2013

  • Patt Chen & Tom C.

    My husband and I live in Camden and would love to join the hike. We may have guests that weekend and if so, we probably won't be there but otherwise, we look forward to the time out!

    May 6, 2013

  • Jamie

    I will be happily graduating on that day! Have a great hike, look forward to the next one!

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • Ellie

    my sister may come with me..not sure yet. Do we go to the address given in Camden (I'll use my GPS)

    May 6, 2013

    • Carie J.

      Hi Ellie, I'll send out details mid week. I need to check again on this address.

      May 6, 2013

  • Alice Grondin C.

    What is the timeframe for the planned hike?

    May 5, 2013

  • Ann R.

    Can't wait! Sounds like fun.

    May 5, 2013

  • Ann R.

    Looking forward to it! I'm the organizer for Maine International Adventure Travel Club and some of my group will be doing this hike. It sounds like fun and a good workout!

    May 5, 2013

  • Gail D.

    I am hoping to make this hike. Is anyone planning to carpool?

    April 30, 2013

People in this
Meetup are also in:

You don't have to be an expert to start your own Meetup Group

Get started Learn more
Katie

I'm surprised by the level of growth I've seen since becoming an organizer, it's given me more confidence in my abilities.

Katie, started NYC ICO

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy