Best Maine Hiking Trails

Maine has 9 hikes.

Located in the US, the hiking in Maine offers more than a half-dozen beautiful hikes and backpacking trails. The best Maine hiking based on popularity are considered to be Mount Katahdin, Appalachian Trail, Baxter State Park, Camden State Park, and Saddleback Range. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Maine hiking trail below.


Mount Katahdin

Near Millinocket, the 9.5 mile hike over Mount Katahdin (5,300 feet) starts on the rocky, vertical Abol Trail. After almost three miles of scrambling up rock faces, you ll top out on the tablelands for 360-degree views of 46-peak Baxter State Park as you hike another mile to Baxter Peak, the highest point on Katahdin.  MORE INFO

Baxter State Park

Located in northcentral Maine near Millinocket, the 200,000 acre Baxter State Park is a rugged and remote section of Maine. While attacking the 23 mile Pogy Notch Trail or the Wassataquoich Lake Trail, keep a keen eye out for moose and black bear.  MORE INFO

Saddleback Range

North of Phillips and Kingfield, a 32 mile section of the Appalachian Trail traverses the Saddleback Range over 6 summits above 4,000 feet. Along the way, the trek goes from mossy brooks up to alpine summits, with caves and cliffs to explore.  MORE INFO

Acadia National Park

Near Bar Harbor, the 47,500 acre Acadia National Park has 120 miles of trails on rugged glacier carved mountains and along beaches. Try the 7 mile Cadillac Mountain Hike along South Ridge from Blackwood Campground.  MORE INFO

Mount Blue State Park

North of Weld, the 5,000 acre Mount Blue State Park has a challenging 17+ mile hiking loop over rough terrain with gorgeous views of Tumbledown Mountain and plenty of side trails. The well-marked Little Blue Mountain ride ascends 700 feet up the namesake to the look-out and shelter via forested singletrack and doubletrack.  MORE INFO

Buttermilk Falls

Northwest of Bangor in the KI Jo-Mary Multiple Use Forest of the North Maine Woods, the west branch of the Pleasant River has gouged a canyon with four basins. Buttermilk Falls forms the largest and nicest for swimming. Access into the forest is controled by several checkpoints. There are over 70 campsites in the forest.  MORE INFO