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Best trails in Camden

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Looking for a great trail near Camden, Maine? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Camden Hills State Park or Owls Head State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Beach Hill Preserve or Trailer Park. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Camden ranging from 1.1 to 8.5 miles and from 193 to 1,377 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Top trails (18)
#1 - Scenic Trail Cut-off and Maiden Cliff Trail
Camden Hills State Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 1 h 11 m
Maiden Cliff Trail is a moderate to steep trail located near Camden, Maine that climbs several hundred feet through forest to exposed cliffs (800' elevation) and great mountain and lake (Lake Megunticook) views. Starting from the trailhead at the parking lot, climb near and cross over a stream bed through the forest and sometimes slippery rocks to a junction with a boulder marking the trail. From the boulder the trail can be an out and back (left fork) or a loop (left or right fork). For the loop, take the right fork going up - "Scenic/Ridge Trail" and at the top of the ridge take a left along the Scenic Trail to the Maiden Cliff and the Elenora French cross. Or take the left fork to go straight up (either way is about the same distance). Recommend the loop. The hike to the cliff will normally take around forty-five minutes to an hour to complete. Hiking poles may help navigate the several steep areas that don't have adequate handholds (other than trees and roots and rocks). Also be careful in wet conditions as the rocks can be very slippery. The views at the top are worth the effort. History of the cross: The white cross on top of Maiden's Cliff is a memorial to Elenora French, an 11-year old girl who fell from the cliff on May 7, 1864. She climbed the cliff along with her older sister, friends, and teacher when a sudden gust of wind blew her hat off. According to her older sisters account, Elenora successfully caught her hat and sat on a rock near the edge of the cliff but while she was putting it back on, another gust of wind pushed her off the edge, falling 300 feet. Elenora was still alive when they climbed down to her and she did not even sustain any broken bones. Unfortunately, she suffered internal injuries and died the next day. To remember Elenora French and her tragic end on this beautiful but dangerous cliff, Joseph B. Steams had a cross erected on the site at the top of the cliff. The simple white cross after years of exposure to weather and elements gave way and had to be replaced more than once. The cross put up in 1947 was blown down on January 17, 1980 and replaced with a new cross that weighed 600 pounds and measured 12 feet by 24 feet. Helicopters of the Air National Guard installed this fourth replacement of Elenoras Memorial Cross. On September 15, 1986, Roy Brown and Sam Dyer, together with their tools and supplies, climbed the trail to install a monument donated by Coastal Monuments and Laite Funeral Home. It was inscribed with the words, In memory of Elenora French Brown and Dyer installed the memorial at the base of the cross, drilling into the rock. In May of 1988, vandals toppled the cross and destroyed the hard work the two men had given to the memorial two years earlier. The Camden Fire Department Rescue team and Camden Parks and Recreation Department volunteers and members labored for long hours to put the cross right again. Two helicopters from the 240th Engineer Group of the Maine National Guard also helped in putting the cross upright once again, secured with cables from a donation from the Wayfarer Marine Corporation. When the cross south arm broke off, it was replaced with a steel cross donated by Frank OHara Jr. On Memorial Day 1992, the steel cross was installed, reinforced with epoxy paint to withstand natures elements and secured with cables donated by the Wayfarer Marine Corporation once again. This cross still stands today. Show more
#2 - Mount Battie Trail
Camden Hills State Park
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Length: 1.1 mi • Est. 51 m
Front trail is a great little hike! Some scrambling needed, but really accessible to everyone. You can also DRIVE up to the top from the Camden Hills State Park (Route 1 North) side if you wish. Great view of Penobscot bay and downtown Camden. The front trail is a little off the road so not a lot of people use it. It has a very small parking lot.Show more
#3 - Bald Mountain Trail
Camden, Maine
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
#4 - Mount Megunticook Trail
Camden Hills State Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
The moderate to strenuous Mount Megunticook Trail provides the most direct route to Camden State Park's best views, gaining nearly 1,000 vertical feet. From ledges at Ocean Lookout you can see the summit of Mount Battie, the town of Camden, and Penobscot Bay from Acadia to Monhegan Island, including Vinalhaven, Isleboro, Deer Isle and Acadia. On a clear day, you can see Mount Washington far off to the west.Show more
#5 - Mount Battie via Nature Trail Trailhead
Camden Hills State Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 30 m
Note: Users have reported that the tower at the top of the trail is currently closed due to COVID-19.Show more
#6 - Ocean Lookout via Nature Trail Loop
Camden Hills State Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 48 m
#7 - Camden Hills
Camden Hills State Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 41 m
#8 - Ocean Overlook and Mount Megunticook via Carriage Trail
Camden Hills State Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 28 m
#9 - Mount Battie via Carriage Road Trail
Camden Hills State Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
#10 - Mount Megunticook, Maiden Cliff, and Mount Battie Loop
Camden Hills State Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 16 m
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