Best Trails of Maine

This list represents the most popular trails in Maine. Use this list to plan your next Maine outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

  • #1 Mount Katahdin via the Knife Edge

    11 Reviews

    Millinocket, ME

    A day hike to the top of Mount Katahdin along a granite ridge called the Knife Edge. One of the most spectacular and breathtaking hikes in the East, with views of Moosehead Lake, the Penobscot ...
    •  9.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A day hike to the top of Mount Katahdin along a granite ridge called the Knife Edge. One of the most spectacular and breathtaking ...

  • #2 Precipice Trail

    12 Reviews

    Bar Harbor, ME

    A dramatic and strenuous cliff climb to the top of Champlain Mountain, this is arguably the most difficult trail—and one of the most spectacular—in all Acadia. Signs caution that the unprepared ...
    •  3 to 4
    •  2.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A dramatic and strenuous cliff climb to the top of Champlain Mountain, this is arguably the most difficult trail—and one ...

  • #3 Mount Katahdin - Maine Highpoint

    6 Reviews

    Millinocket, ME

    Highpoint rank by height: 22nd. Mount Katahdin’s (kuh-TAHD-uhn) summit, Baxter Peak, marks the northern terminus of the 2,160 mile (3,456 km) Appalachian Trail (AT) that starts at Springer Mountain ...
    •  8 to 10 hours
    •  10.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Highpoint rank by height: 22nd. Mount Katahdin’s (kuh-TAHD-uhn) summit, Baxter Peak, marks the northern terminus of the 2,160 ...

  • #4 Beehive Trail

    9 Reviews

    Bar Harbor, ME

    A nearly vertical climb up the 520-foot Beehive using iron rungs rewards you with spectacular close-up views of Sand Beach, Great Head, and the ocean beyond. If you hike this trail in summer, ...
    •  2 to 3 hours
    •  1.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A nearly vertical climb up the 520-foot Beehive using iron rungs rewards you with spectacular close-up views of Sand Beach, ...

  • #5 Gulf Hagas

    2 Reviews

    Milo, ME

    A hike along a gorge with steep cliffs and waterfalls. This beautiful canyon and the land around it was proclaimed a national landmark in 1968. As such, it is off-limits to logging. This hike ...
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    A hike along a gorge with steep cliffs and waterfalls. This beautiful canyon and the land around it was proclaimed a national ...

  • #6 Acadia National Park Carriage Trail: The Eagle Lake Loop

    5 Reviews

    Bar Harbor, ME

    Within Acadia are mountains, rivers, lakes, and over 55 miles of gated gravel roads for the cyclist to explore. This ride gives you only a glimpse of the varied terrain, but it's perfect for ...
    •  1 hour
    •  6.3 miles
    •  Guide

    Within Acadia are mountains, rivers, lakes, and over 55 miles of gated gravel roads for the cyclist to explore. This ride ...

  • #7 Parsons Way Trail

    5 Reviews

    Kennebunkport, ME

    A cliff walk around the bold shorefront of Cape Arundel to Spouting Rock and Blowing Cave, with dramatic views of the ocean. Parsons Way is named after Henry Parsons, who gave the land to Ke ...
    •  1 hour
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    A cliff walk around the bold shorefront of Cape Arundel to Spouting Rock and Blowing Cave, with dramatic views of the ocean. ...

  • #8 Warren Island State Park

    0 Reviews

    Lincolnville, ME

    When you journey to Warren Island, you’ll see the truth in the statement “half the fun is getting there.” Warren Island is, after all, an island—you can’t drive there, you can’t hike there, and ...
    •  Guide

    When you journey to Warren Island, you’ll see the truth in the statement “half the fun is getting there.” Warren Island is, ...

  • #9 North and South Baldface

    4 Reviews

    Fryeburg , ME

    While both North and South Baldface top out at less than 4,000 feet, this hike near Evans Notch contains a long stretch of hiking over open ledges. It is somewhat removed from the traditional ...
    •  7 hours
    •  9.7 miles
    •  Guide

    While both North and South Baldface top out at less than 4,000 feet, this hike near Evans Notch contains a long stretch of ...

  • #10 Cadillac South Ridge Trail and Eagles Crag Loop

    5 Reviews

    Bar Harbor, ME

    One of the longest trails in Acadia, this hike provides fine views along Cadillac’s open south ridge, the chance to see raptors soar at Eagles Crag, and a pleasant place to rest on benches along ...
    •  4 to 5 hours
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    One of the longest trails in Acadia, this hike provides fine views along Cadillac’s open south ridge, the chance to see raptors ...

  • #11 Bald Rock Mountain

    2 Reviews

    Camden, ME

    A day hike to the summit of a mountain overlooking the upper reaches of Penobscot Bay. The view from the summit is spectacular, and the trail is never crowded. In winter, the Ski Shelter Trail ...
    •  3.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A day hike to the summit of a mountain overlooking the upper reaches of Penobscot Bay. The view from the summit is spectacular, ...

  • #12 Mount Agamenticus

    2 Reviews

    York, ME

    Mount Agamenticus goes by the names Aggie, Mount A, and sometimes, the Big A. Whatever you decide to call it, the terrain here is the most expansive to be found in Southern Maine or Seacoast ...
    •  1.5 - 2.5 hours
    •  9 miles
    •  Guide

    Mount Agamenticus goes by the names Aggie, Mount A, and sometimes, the Big A. Whatever you decide to call it, the terrain ...

  • #13 Bradbury Mountain State Park

    3 Reviews

    Freeport, ME

    Great mountain biking exists just four miles from the popular outlet shopping center of Freeport, Maine. The ride begins on an easy doubletrack trail well marked with white blazes, and then enters ...
    •  1 hour
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    Great mountain biking exists just four miles from the popular outlet shopping center of Freeport, Maine. The ride begins ...

  • #14 Bradbury Mountain State Park

    3 Reviews

    Pownal, ME

    A hike on a woodland loop and to the summit of a lone mountain. Bradbury Mountain State Park is a quiet, attractive park in southern Maine, not far from several other trailheads. Woodland campsites ...
    •  1.3 miles
    •  Guide

    A hike on a woodland loop and to the summit of a lone mountain. Bradbury Mountain State Park is a quiet, attractive park ...

  • #15 Lobster Lake

    1 Reviews

    Millinocket, ME

    Lobster Lake is a gem, certainly one of the finest canoeing and camping lakes in Maine. Lobster Lake is large (more than 3,000 acres) and shaped like the two parts of a lobster claw. The first ...
    •  Day trip, camping available
    •  Guide

    Lobster Lake is a gem, certainly one of the finest canoeing and camping lakes in Maine. Lobster Lake is large (more than ...

  • #16 Great Wass Island

    4 Reviews

    Beals, ME

    A day hike on the shore of a relatively undeveloped island managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). This 1,540-acre TNC island preserve is not been changed much by man. Some of its natural features ...
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    A day hike on the shore of a relatively undeveloped island managed by The Nature Conservancy (TNC). This 1,540-acre TNC island ...

  • #17 Tumbledown Mountain Loop Trail

    3 Reviews

    Byron, ME

    A thrilling ascent to one of Maine’s prettiest mountain settings, with rugged cliffs, spectacular views, and a picturesque alpine tarn. The loop hike described below is difficult in sections, ...
    •  4 hours
    •  5.4 miles
    •  Guide

    A thrilling ascent to one of Maine’s prettiest mountain settings, with rugged cliffs, spectacular views, and a picturesque ...

  • #18 Acadia National Park Cruise

    3 Reviews

    Bar Harbor, ME

    The carriage paths lacing Acadia National Park, on Maine's famous Mount Desert Island, are one of Acadia's unique features. These dirt roads, winding through the island's interior forests and ...
    •  26 miles
    •  Guide

    The carriage paths lacing Acadia National Park, on Maine's famous Mount Desert Island, are one of Acadia's unique features. ...

  • #19 Estes Lake

    3 Reviews

    Sanford, ME

    Estes Lake is a long, widened section of river, backed up behind a small hydroelectric dam on the Mousam River. The northern three quarters of Estes Lake is actually part of the Middle Branch ...
    •  Day trip, camping available
    •  Guide

    Estes Lake is a long, widened section of river, backed up behind a small hydroelectric dam on the Mousam River. The northern ...

  • #20 Firewarden's Trail

    2 Reviews

    Denmark, ME

    The Firewarden’s Trail, sometimes called the Fire Tower Trail, follows an old carriage road and then a jeep road to the summit, from which there are outstanding views into the shimmering lakes ...
    •  5hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    The Firewarden’s Trail, sometimes called the Fire Tower Trail, follows an old carriage road and then a jeep road to the summit, ...