Best parks in Maine

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#1 - Acadia National Park
Maine
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Acadia National Park attracts more than two million visitors each year. With many different facilities and attractions in the park, there is something to interest everyone. Hiking and mountain biking are among the most popular activities in Acadia National Park. There are freshwater, estuary, forest, and intertidal habitats and 158 miles of hiking trails. Acadia National Park is open 24 hours per day, but the Visitor's Center has more limited hours. It is open from 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM, except for July and August when it is open 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM. This Visitor's Center is closed November 1 through April 30 every year. Entrance Passes: Acadia Annual Pass - $55.00 Valid for 12 months from purchase date. This pass provides access to Acadia National Park only. This pass admits the pass holder and passengers in a non-commercial vehicle.Acadia Entrance Fee - Private Vehicle - $30.00 Admits private, non-commercial vehicle (15 passenger capacity or less) and all occupants. Valid for 7 days. If a vehicle pass is purchased, no other pass is necessary. Acadia Entrance Fee - Motorcycle - $25.00 Admits one or two passengers on a private, non-commercial motorcycle. Valid for 7 days. Acadia Entrance Fee - Per Person - $15.00 Admits one individual with no car (bicyclist, hiker, pedestrian). Youth 15 and under are admitted free of charge. Valid for 7 days. Accessibility: The Interagency Access Pass for free or discounted admission for US Citizens or permanent residents with permanent disabilities is accepted here. The Hulls Cove Visitor Center (with Eastern National Bookstore), Cadillac Summit Center, Park Headquarters, Sieur de Monts Spring Nature Center, Thompson Island Information Center, Abbe Museum (Downtown Bar Harbor), Great Harbor Maritime Museum, Mount Desert Oceanarium, Old School House Museum, and Wendell Gilley Museum are all wheelchair/mobility equipment and stroller accessible with wheelchair accessible parking and bathrooms (except no parking or restroom at Wendell Gilley). Loaner assistive listening devices are available with advanced notice. ASL interpreters are available for Ranger-led programs with advanced notice of at least three weeks – send an email through the park website for more information. An introductory pamphlet is available in Braille format for download or at the Hulls Cove Visitor Center. A 56-mile audio tour CD is also available for purchase at the Visitor’s Center. All shuttle buses in the park are wheelchair accessible, free, and run from June to early October from neighboring towns to the Park. The following picnic areas have wheelchair-accessible tables: Bear Brook, Fabbri, Frazer Point, Pretty Marsh, Seawall, and Thompson Island. Echo Lake and Sand Beach have wheelchair accessible parking spaces, restrooms, and changing rooms. There is a wheelchair accessible path to the water at Echo Lake. The Blackwoods Campground has 12 wheelchair accessible drive-in camping sites. The Seawall Campground has multiple options for wheelchair accessible sites - three RV, five drive-in, five walk-in, and one group site. Service animals must be on-leash at all times in the Park. Additional accessible trails and facilities information can be found here: https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/accessibility.htmShow more
#2 - Grafton Notch State Park
Maine
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Grafton Notch State Park is a great park for hiking, picnics, and beautiful views. There is a $3.00 fee for Maine residents and a $4.00 fee for non residents. Show more
#3 - Baxter State Park
Maine
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Baxter State Park is over 200,000 acres of wilderness and public forest. Water: Water in Baxter State Park is untreated and generally unprotected. No running water is available, you must bring your own drinking water or purify water from the streams, ponds, etc. This can be done a number of ways, such as boiling for a minimum of five minutes or the application of seven drops of iodine (from your first aid kit) per gallon of water. Bleach (Clorox) may be substituted for iodine. If you use a filter be sure pore size is 3 microns or smaller. Facilities: Facilities are rustic. Roads are unpaved. Electricity is not available in the Park. There are outhouses throughout the Park for bathroom facilities. Food, supplies or gasoline are available in Millinocket or private campgrounds on the way to the Park. Firewood: Firewood is available at roadside campgrounds in the Park for a minimal fee. As a protective measure against invasive insects that could damage the Park's forest, Park campers and visitors are not allowed to bring firewood into the Park. A day pass or season pass is required for all non-resident vehicles entering Baxter State Park. No motor vehicle shall be permitted to enter the Park without payment of a motor vehicle fee of Eight Dollars ($8.00) per motor vehicle for each day.Show more
#4 - Camden Hills State Park
Maine
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Camden Hills State Park is marked by the scenic views on top of Mt. Battie. There are many hiking opportunities and harbor activities. $4.00 fee for Maine residents and $6.00 fee for non residents. Show more
#5 - Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park
Maine
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Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park has several hiking trails and a lot of wildlife. Rest on the benches that have great scenic views of the park. There is a $3.00 fee for Maine residents and $4.00 fee for non residents. Show more
#6 - Popham Beach State Park
Maine
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Popham Beach State Park is popular with surfers and swimmers. Enjoy the hiking and beach activities when you visit. There is a $6.00 fee for Maine residents and a $8.00 fee for non residents. Show more
#7 - Wolfes Neck Woods State Park
Maine
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This park boasts varied ecosystems, many bird species, hiking trails, and wildlife. Book ahead for camping and guided nature tours. $4.00 fee for Maine Residents and $6.00 fee for non residents. Show more
#8 - Mackworth Island State Park
Maine
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Enjoy the beaches, hiking, fishing, and wildlife at Mackworth State Park. The park was deemed a bird sanctuary so be sure to keep an eye out for the birds. There is a $3.00 fee for Maine residents and a $4.00 fee for non residents. Show more
#9 - Bradbury Mountain State Park
Maine
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Bradbury Mountain State Park is great for hikers, campers, and mountain bikers. The mountain is beautiful. Many people visit in Fall to see the migrating hawks and eagles. Adult Maine Resident: $4.00 Adult Non Resident: $6.00 Show more
#10 - Mt. Blue State Park
Maine
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There are a lot of activities to enjoy at Mount Blue State Park. Enjoy birdwatching, camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, and more when you visit. There is a $5.00 fee for Maine residents and a $7.00 fee for non residents. Show more
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