Camden Hills State Park signature location is the scenic vista high atop Mt. Battie where sweeping 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. Other hiking opportunities abound and are well-mapped. The park is located a few minutes north of Camden, a quintessential New England town featuring shops that are within walking distance to the working harbor. Harbor cruises, whale and puffin watches are available daily. Summer nights spent under the stars is a recipe for family fun. Campers who stay at the park's campground enjoy the comfort stations that are equipped with hot showers. A popular fall activity for hundreds of visiting "leaf peepers" is to drive up the Mt. Battie Auto Road and view the surrounding hillside of fall foliage color.
Omri Z. on Maiden Cliff Trail
Very nice trail with great view at the end. Kids friendly trail.
Ellen M. on Mount Megunticook Trail
Great hike with amazing views overlooking the ocean and town of Camden. Rocky portions of the trail with some level switch backs up the descent. I recommend hiking poles if you are a beginner hiker.
Easy to moderate climb depending on ability, worth the trip regardless. The views from Ocean Lookout are fabulous. It's also a perfect spot for a picnic lunch. Continue on the maiden cliff connector for a slightly more difficult but again, completely worth it add on.
The directions for this trail is wrong, just go to Camden Hills State Park. There's a cash fee to enter, only $4 for Maine residents. The first part of the trail to the "Ocean Lookout" is heavily trafficked, is straight up for most of the way but fairly short. The views are amazing...you can see all of Camden, the whole range and Camden Snow Bowl. On a clear day you can even see to Rockland. The actual summit of Mt. Megunticook is .3 miles down the Ridge Trail. Most people don't go past this point so if you're looking for a private, relaxing experience this is the way to go. My only complaint is the blue blazes need to be repainted and the trail at some points isn't really clear. I had to stop a bunch to make sure of where I was going. I ended up taking the Ridge Trail to Maiden's Cliff and back.
Overall really nice hike! You may benefit from trekking poles on your way back through some of the steep sections. There are also a lot of wild blueberries in late July/early August. :) Free snacks!