Maiden Cliff Trail

Camden, Maine

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In our high-tech world chock full of special effects, we forget that kids are still interested in simple things such as a wooden bridge over a fast-moving stream, glacial boulders perched beside the trail, a hollowed-out shell of a tree, and panoramas over a sprawling lake. The hike to Maiden Cliff offers all these, plus the potential for a swim and picnic at Barrett Cove after the hike. Your destination is the lofty cross that perches on the edge of the cliff, erected in memory of twelve-year-old Eleanora French. On May 7, 1864, this farmer’s daughter fell to her death as she chased her windblown hat. (Let that be a warning.)
Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

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Best Hikes with Kids: Vermont, New Hampshire & Maine

by Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr (The Mountaineers Books)

In our high-tech world chock full of special effects, we forget that kids are still interested in simple things such as a wooden bridge over a fast-moving stream, glacial boulders perched beside the trail, a hollowed-out shell of a tree, and panoramas over a sprawling lake.

The hike to Maiden Cliff offers all these, plus the potential for a swim and picnic at Barrett Cove after the hike. Your destination is the lofty cross that perches on the edge of the cliff, erected in memory of twelve-year-old Eleanora French. On May 7, 1864, this farmer’s daughter fell to her death as she chased her windblown hat. (Let that be a warning.)

© 2007 Cynthia Copeland, Thomas J. Lewis, & Emily Kerr/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Camden
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 750 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: May-October
Local Contacts: Town of Camden Department of Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: USGS Camden, Lincolnville
Driving Directions: Directions to Maiden Cliff Trail

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