Best trails in Maine

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Trying to find the best Maine trails? AllTrails has 1,233 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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. Whether you're looking for the best trails in Acadia National Park or around Bar Harbor, Mount Desert or Millinocket we've got you covered. If you're looking for great Maine state park trails, check out Grafton Notch State Park. Or for some great local park options, check out Mount Agamenticus Park near Cape Neddick or Newfield Wildlife Management Area near West Newfield. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 622 easy trails in Maine ranging from 0.6 to 44 miles and from 0 to 2,267 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - The Beehive Loop Trail
Acadia National Park
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Length: 1.4 mi • Est. 54 m
NOTE: A section of the Beehive Trail is closed until July 20 for trail maintenance. Please check here for more information and updates: https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/conditions.htm A steep climb to the top of this small mountain with wonderful views out over the Atlantic and surrounding Acadia hills The Beehive Trail is a very popular moderate to difficult out and back or loop trail using iron rungs on ledges of exposed cliffs, and is very steep, offering spectacular views of Sand Beach and the surrounding area at Acadia National Park. Start just north of and across the One way loop road from the Sand Beach parking area, climbing steps and through the forest to some exposed fairly flat rocky areas and a tall cairn of rocks marking your next steps. Be sure to look for the light blue (Carolina Blue) trail markers as the trail can be quickly lost in your enthusiasm to scale the cliffs. Stay on trail as strategically placed iron rungs, bridges and hand and foot holds take the technical part out of the climb. Once at the top you can opt to go down the back side and make it a loop or go down the way you came. Show more
#2 - Cadillac North Ridge Trail
Acadia National Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 22 m
#3 - Precipice, Orange and Black and Champlain North Ridge Trail Loop
Acadia National Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 51 m
The trail is closed between March 15 and August 15 due to falcon nesting. Please consult the park's website before visiting: https://www.nps.gov/acad/planyourvisit/conditions.htm The Precipice Trail is a difficult and very steep loop trail using iron rungs and ladders on exposed cliffs providing spectacular views of Acadia National Park. The trail opens after nesting Peregrine Falcons leave the nest. The hike is not recommended during wet conditions, or if you experience vertigo; also not recommended for small children. The trail starts up steps and through some boulder scrambles. While officially a non-technical hike due to strategically placed iron rungs, ladders and rock ledges, this is really a climb that requires you to be able to navigate some tricky spots by pulling yourself up (e.g. the very first example of this might even be the hardest). If you are careful and pay attention, this will be a great and thrilling experience. Leave hiking poles behind, as you won't need them and they'll just get in the way. One of the very best short hikes in Acadia, similar to what you get on Katahdin's Knife Edge.Show more
#4 - Jordan Pond Full Loop Trail
Acadia National Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 26 m
Great views on a lot of the walk around the lake. This trail can get crowded at points, especially on the parts where there were narrower wooden walkways for paths. Go early, as it can be difficult to find a parking spot due to its traffic. The backdrop of the pond and bubbles are beautiful as you meander through the woods along the pond. The boardwalks are unique, and outside of a couple muddy spots, a trail that is very enjoyable and easy. Note: There’s a section with some rocky terrain but other than that it’s a flat, easy, peaceful walk suitable for just about anyone. There are a couple sandy areas as well where people can step aside and relax on the shore. Dogs, swimming, and wading are not allowed in the pond!Show more
#5 - Ocean Path and Gorham Mountain Loop Trail
Acadia National Park
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 39 m
Please note that Thunder Hole has been reported closed as of 07/08/2020. A wonderful loop hike that will take you along the shore of the Atlantic, over mountain ledges to end at Sand Beach. This hike that will take you along the shore of Newport Cove past powerful Thunderhole and then up over the open ledges of Gorham Mountain. You will have beautiful ocean views along the entire route. When you come down Gorham Mountain to the north you can also run up the Bee Hive if you have the energy. After you descend back to Sand Beach spend some time out on the sand relaxing!Show more
#6 - Ocean Path Trail: Thunder Hole and Monument Cove
Acadia National Park
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Length: 4.5 mi • Est. 2 h 4 m
Starting at the south end of the upper Sand Beach Parking lot, the easy 2.2 mile mostly flat one-way Ocean Path trail parallels the loop road all the way to Otter Point. The path offers scenic views and numerous access points to outcroppings above the rocky shore, including major attractions like Thunder Hole and Otter Cliff. Great trail to stroll or to deviate and explore the best Acadia has to offer. Get to the area early before any tour buses or late around sunset and you can have the shoreline mostly all to yourself. Some more on exploring along the path: Half-way between Sand Beach and Otter Cliff is Thunder Hole. Waves and tides dictate whether you hear the sound like thunder or whether you'll hear a whisper of waves crashing below. Granite stairs and railings lead to the viewing area. Half way between Thunder Hole and Otter Cliffs on the right side of the Park Loop Road, is the small parking area for the Gorham Mountain Trail, which offers spectacular panoramic views of the eastern coastline. From this vantage point (another 2 mi. RT deviation to the summit), you can see from Sand Beach to the north and all the way south to Otter Cliff. At the southern end of the path is Otter Cliff. Just before Otter Cliff is Monument Cove. Look for the short side trail on the left as there are some great photo ops from this vantage point, especially when the first light of the morning turns the cliffs a golden color. Rock climbers and rappellers frequent the Otter Cliff. This is a great hike - take as little or as much time as you like to explore!Show more
#7 - Cadillac Mountain South Ridge Trail Loop
Acadia National Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 4 h 16 m
Cadillac Mountain is the tallest mountain on the eastern seaboard of the United States. The true summit is to the left where the South Ridge Trail opens onto the gravel access road. Look for two survey benchmarks established by the US Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1856 and 1954. The South Ridge Trail is a gradual climb, but it has the advantage of not coming close to the Cadillac Summit Road until the end. The trail briefly descends to a small pond called The Featherbed, where there is a wooden bench for taking a break and enjoying the pond. NOTE: Although dogs are allowed on this trail, users have reported that there are some very rocky, steep sections that may be difficult for your dog.Show more
#8 - Thunder Hole to Sand Beach
Acadia National Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 42 m
#9 - Gorham Mountain
Acadia National Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 56 m
#10 - The Beehive via Bowl Trail
Acadia National Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 43 m
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