The Camden Hills are a tight cluster of mountains north of the coastal town of Camden. The highest is 1,380-foot Mount Megunticook. The mountain, like much of the range that has its name, is located within the 5,500 acres of Camden Hills State Park with its 30.0 miles of hiking and backcountry ski trails.
Though Megunticook gets the prize for the being the tallest peak on the mainland Atlantic seaboard (Cadillac Mountain in Acadia is higher, but is on an island), it is the 800-foot-high Mount Battie that revels in popularity. A stone tower is perched atop the open ledges. From it, the magnificent views extend from mountains to sea, from the steeples of Camden to the rolling countryside. The tower, with its spiral staircase, was erected in 1921 as a monument to local soldiers who fought in World War I. In the years around 1900, a hotel graced the summit of the mountain. Surface quality: Ungroomed.
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