Exploring Maine’s Interest Trails
Are you into beer? Art? Birds? Whatever your interests, the odds are good that there’s an official Maine trail here for you!
Maine is rich in natural and cultural offerings: spectacular landscape, rich human history, world-class art, watchable wildlife, and plenty of good food and drink. So why not use some of these as jumping off points to explore this diverse state? We’ve put together an eclectic offering of various self-guided trails you can follow, with a particular focus on what you might do while based here in Midcoast Maine. Indulge your sense of adventure and see where these trails make take you!
Part One: Arts & Culture and Outdoor Activity Trails
Arts & Culture
- Maine Art Museum Trail: As their website states: “8 Museums, 73,000 Works of Art, 200 Scenic Miles, Infinite Possibilities.” This is an art-rich state: Maine’s spectacular landscape has inspired world-class artists for centuries. Two stops are in the Midcoast area: the Farnsworth, best known for its association with the Wyeth family of artists, and the Monhegan Museum of Art & History, 10 miles offshore on Monhegan Island.
- Downeast Fisheries Trail: While located a couple of hours up the coast in Hancock and Washington Counties, this trail linking historic and active fishery sites offers unique and interesting insight into the state’s centuries-old fishing heritage. And the setting, Maine’s breathtakingly beautiful Downeast coast, is worth the driving time alone!
- Maine Birding Trail: Arranged by region, this trail offers bird-watchers and outdoor lovers a variety of preserves, parks, and public places in which to best look for Maine’s celebrated diversity of bird life. The Midcoast region link can help you find the charismatic Atlantic Puffin (Midcoast stop #9) and other seabirds. World-class birding, especially warblers and other songbirds, can be found during spring and fall migrations on nearby Monhegan Island (Midcoast stop #10). Incredibly scenic birding on Beech Hill (Midcoast stop #13), five minutes from our Rockport office, is also well worth a visit!
- Maine Island Trail: This 375-mile water trail for small boaters connects 200 islands along the Maine coast from New Hampshire to Canada. These islands, most in private ownership, permit either day use or overnight camping. Islands on the trail may change without notice, so an updated, current trail guide is essential before you hit the water. Get yours by becoming a member of the Maine Island Trail Association, which created and sustains the trail and public access to its stops.
- Maine Trail Finder: Just looking for a good old-fashioned hiking trail? Here you go! Here in Midcoast Maine, we are blessed with so many wonderful opportunities to get out into the great outdoors. Included on this site are five trails within Camden Hills State Park and several local nature preserves that offer a range of hiking difficulty levels, from the flat, easy woods trail of Erickson Farm in Rockport to more challenging climbs like that to the Bald Mountain summit in the Camden Hills.
Whatever your interest, Maine has a trail for you! And the Camden-area is ideally situated as a base for your adventures. Come stay a week or more in one of our lovely rental homes and explore the best of what Maine has to offer!
Check out Part Two of this post: Food & Drink Trails.