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.

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#1. Jordan Pond Path (Jordan Pond Shore Trail)


On this hike you will have expansive views of Jordan Pond, the Bubbles, and Jordan Cliffs, as well as a chance to glimpse a colorful merganser duck or watch kayakers. The graded gravel path on the e…
From the guidebook "Hiking Acadia National Park"
Northeast Harbor, ME - Hiking - 3.3 miles Top Trail in North America - Click to view allBest Trail in me - Click to view allBestHiking Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Mount Katahdin via the Knife Edge


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 River,…
From the guidebook "Hiking Maine"
Millinocket, ME - Hiking - 9.5 miles Best Trail in me - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Precipice Trail


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 have…
From the guidebook "Hiking Acadia National Park"
Bar Harbor, ME - Hiking - 2.5 miles Best Trail in me - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Beehive Trail


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, plan to…
From the guidebook "Hiking Acadia National Park"
Bar Harbor, ME - Hiking - 1.8 miles Best Trail in me - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Mount Katahdin - Maine Highpoint


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 in…
From the guidebook "Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints"
Millinocket, ME - Hiking - 10.4 miles Best Trail in me - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Colorado Mountain Club Press

#6. Gulf Hagas


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 takes pl…
From the guidebook "Hiking Maine"
Milo, ME - Hiking - 6.5 miles Best Trail in me - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Cadillac North Ridge Trail


The open north ridge of Cadillac Mountain provides expansive views of Frenchman Bay, Bar Harbor, and the Porcupine Islands. In season, naturalists and volunteers help spot migrating raptors at perhaps…
From the guidebook "Hiking Acadia National Park"
Bar Harbor, ME - Hiking - 4.4 miles Best Trail in me - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#8. Acadia National Park Carriage Trail: The Eagle Lake Loop


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 anyone l…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike America: New Hampshire & Maine"
Bar Harbor, ME - Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 6.3 miles Best Trail in me - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#9. Warren Island State Park


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 you ce…
From the guidebook "Best Tent Camping: New England"
Lincolnville, ME - Campgrounds Best Trail in me - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Menasha Ridge Press

#10. North and South Baldface


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 hiking c…
From the guidebook "Discover the White Mountains of New Hampshire"
Fryeburg , ME - Hiking - 9.7 miles Best Trail in me - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. Acadia Mountain Trail


The hike to 681-foot Acadia Mountain follows one of the older trails in the park and leads to a beautiful outlook of Somes Sound and toward nearby Norumbega and Beech Mountains. Another good option…
From the guidebook "Hiking Acadia National Park"
Southwest Harbor, ME - Hiking - 2.8 miles Best Trail in me - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#12. Parsons Way Trail


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 Kennebunkpor…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks along the Seacoast: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, & Maine"
Kennebunkport, ME - Hiking - 2 miles Best Trail in me - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#13. Cadillac South Ridge Trail and Eagles Crag Loop


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 a mou…
From the guidebook "Hiking Acadia National Park"
Bar Harbor, ME - Hiking - 7 miles Best Trail in me - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Marginal Way


A village hike along a mile-long headland on the Atlantic Ocean. Marginal Way is probably the most popular village walk in Maine. The village of Ogunquit is a famous tourist town, full of curio shops…
From the guidebook "Hiking Maine"
Ogunquit, ME - Hiking - 1 mile Best Trail in me - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Bald Rock Mountain


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 is used…
From the guidebook "Hiking Maine"
Camden, ME - Hiking - 3.6 miles Best Trail in me - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Mount Agamenticus


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 New Hamps…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike America: New Hampshire & Maine"
York, ME - Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 9 miles Best Trail in me - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#17. Bradbury Mountain State Park


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 a h…
From the guidebook "Mountain Bike America: New Hampshire & Maine"
Freeport, ME - Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking - 5 miles Best Trail in me - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#18. Acadia National Park Cruise


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 skirtin…
From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in New England"
Bar Harbor, ME - Road Biking - 26 miles Best Trail in me - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#19. Firewarden's Trail


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 and pon…
From the guidebook "Winter Trails: Maine"
Denmark, ME - Snowshoeing - 5 miles Best Trail in me - Click to view allBestSnowshoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Globe Pequot Press

#20. Lobster Lake


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 section…
From the guidebook "Quiet Water Maine: Canoe and Kayak Guide, 2nd Edition"
Millinocket, ME - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Best Trail in me - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books