Favorite Fall Central Maine Hiking Areas

My favorite time of year to hike in Maine is the Fall.  Cool temperatures, great scenery, and less traffic than the summer are all great reasons to get out and enjoy some of Central Maine’s hidden treasures.  Here are a couple of my favorite places to hike:

1) Acadia National Park

You can’t beat hiking in Acadia, no matter what season.  Great, well marked trails, beautiful scenery, and you’re close to the action in Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, or Ellsworth.  Beech Mountain is an intermediate level hike, with a great view of Echo Lake as a payoff.  The Jordan Pond loop is another great hike, one that is a beginner level trip, and if you drive in the back way to the park you can avoid the entrance fee.  (You’re on your own to find that, but it shouldn’t be that hard.)  For days of great hiking, Acadia is a perfect choice.

2) Camden Hills State Park

Excellent hiking at Camden Hills, and you have the added benefit of it not being as busy as Acadia.  You can drive or hike up to the top of Mt Battie, but I would recommend the hike, as it’s pretty easy and can be done in a couple hours.  Hiking the trail network around Mt Megunticook is a more of a half day trip, but gives you some epic views of the ocean and Camden harbor.

3) Bangor City Forest

Between the Bangor City Forest and the Orono Bog Walk are several miles of well groomed hiking trails.  And while you might not get the epic views that Acadia or Camden Hills might offer the nature here is beautiful, and you’re minutes from downtown Bangor.  Plus the City Forest is dog friendly for your canine friend.

4) Chick Hill, Clifton

A great hike, somewhat out of the way up Route 9 in Clifton.  I would call this a moderate hike, up a pretty steep rocky road.  But the views are awesome at the top!  And if you are left wanting for more, there’s always Little Chick Hill you can climb.

5) Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport

Just a short drive from the Freeport outlets, the Wolfe’s Neck trail system is a combination of convenient hiking combined with ocean views and a great woodlands trail area.  Definitely not a difficult hike, you can really make it last as long or as short as you might want.  Click the link above for more information.

Of course there are many great places to hike in Maine and these are just a few of my favorites.

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