This little jewel of a park sits on the eastern shore of Moosehead Lake, boasting 925 acres and 8 miles of hiking trails. In the summer, it’s a buzz of activity, with the noisy excitement of campers, swimmers, and boaters filling the air by day, and bonfire chats and loon calls during the evening. Come winter, alas, the buzz you hear is most likely the revving of snow machine engines. No matter, the trails are fun to explore, with rewarding views of sheltered coves, distant mountains, and expansive Moosehead Lake. The 116-square-foot lake is the largest in New England and famous for its cold, deep, pristine waters, surrounding dense forests and mountain wilderness, and its large population of moose.
Explore the park quietly at dusk or dawn, and you may even get a first-hand look at one. The trails are very sheltered, so they’re ideal for spotting wildlife. Look for moose, of course, but also deer, fox, coyote, eagles, rabbits, and a host of small mammals. While the area has become more discovered and there’s serious talk of major development, it still remains relatively quiet, spacious, and untrammeled. One of the fun parts of visiting Lily Bay is that you can pretty much explore any area you like, poking around the shoreline, climbing up and around camp.
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