Best Hiking in Maine

This list represents the most popular hiking in Maine (learn more about Top Trails). Use this list to plan your next Maine hiking 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. 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

#9. 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

#10. 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

#11. 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

#12. 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

#13. 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

#14. Borestone Mountain


A half-day hike to an exposed mountain summit in a National Audubon Society sanctuary. Borestone is an impressive mountain with fine views in all directions. The trail is near a number of other places…
From the guidebook "Hiking Maine"
Monson, ME - Hiking - 5 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Ring and Blueberry Buff Trails


A climb through mixed woods past ledge outlooks to the 691-foot summit for distant views of the Atlantic coast. Mount Agamenticus is a monadnock, the highest point in York County and a salient landmar…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks along the Seacoast: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, & Maine"
York, ME - Hiking - 1.8 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#16. Bradbury Mountain State Park


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 he…
From the guidebook "Hiking Maine"
Pownal, ME - Hiking - 1.3 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Penobscot and Sargent Mountains Trail


A strenuous hike to two of Acadia’s highest peaks, with long periods of hiking on open ledges with spectacular views. The cliffs of Penobscot Mountain rise steeply from the western shore of Jordan Pon…
From the guidebook "Discover Maine"
Seal Harbor, ME - Hiking - 5.2 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#18. Tumbledown Mountain Loop Trail


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, with ste…
From the guidebook "Discover Maine"
Byron, ME - Hiking - 5.4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#19. Marginal Way Foot Path


This cliffside footpath along a craggy shoreline is one of the most popular walkways on the north Atlantic coast. Marginal Way offers spectacular shoreline vistas from a rounded promontory extending n…
From the guidebook "Nature Walks along the Seacoast: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, & Maine"
Ogunquit, ME - Hiking - 1.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#20. Cadillac Mountain Trail


A relatively long hike over open ledges to the summit of Mount Desert Island’s highest mountain. There are great views during most of this hike. Although this hike is not a loop, the south ridge of Ca…
From the guidebook "Discover Maine"
Seal Harbor, ME - Hiking - 7 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books