Best Hiking in Maine

This list represents the most popular hiking in Maine. Use this list to plan your next Maine hiking 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 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. ...

  • #7 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 ...

  • #8 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 ...

  • #9 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, ...

  • #10 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 ...

  • #11 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 ...

  • #12 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 ...

  • #13 Borestone Mountain

    3 Reviews

    Monson, ME

    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 ...
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    A half-day hike to an exposed mountain summit in a National Audubon Society sanctuary. Borestone is an impressive mountain ...

  • #14 Ring and Blueberry Buff Trails

    3 Reviews

    York, ME

    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 ...
    •  1 hour
    •  1.8 miles
    •  Guide

    A climb through mixed woods past ledge outlooks to the 691-foot summit for distant views of the Atlantic coast. Mount Agamenticus ...

  • #15 Dedham Bald Mountain

    4 Reviews

    Dedham, ME

    A hike up a lone mountain to an abandoned fire tower and superb views. Dedham Bald Mountain is not as popular as some of the more well-known peaks in Maine, probably because it is off the beaten ...
    •  1.4 miles
    •  Guide

    A hike up a lone mountain to an abandoned fire tower and superb views. Dedham Bald Mountain is not as popular as some of ...

  • #16 Chimney Pond

    5 Reviews

    Millinocket, ME

    Surrounded on three sides by soaring granite cliffs, Chimney Pond sits in the mountainous heart of Baxter State Park. Overhead looms mile-high Baxter Peak—northern terminus of the Appalachian ...
    •  1-3 Days
    •  11 miles
    •  Guide

    Surrounded on three sides by soaring granite cliffs, Chimney Pond sits in the mountainous heart of Baxter State Park. Overhead ...

  • #17 Penobscot and Sargent Mountains Trail

    2 Reviews

    Seal Harbor, ME

    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 ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  5.2 miles
    •  Guide

    A strenuous hike to two of Acadia’s highest peaks, with long periods of hiking on open ledges with spectacular views. The ...

  • #18 East Point Sanctuary Trail

    3 Reviews

    Saco, ME

    Although this Audubon Sanctuary is relatively small at a mere 30 acres, the views it offers are big and sweeping. The trail passes by rocky cliffs and pebble beaches as it wraps around the tip ...
    •  45 minutes
    •  0.8 miles
    •  Guide

    Although this Audubon Sanctuary is relatively small at a mere 30 acres, the views it offers are big and sweeping. The trail ...

  • #19 Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park

    1 Reviews

    Freeport, ME

    A hike through a variety of forest types and along the rocky shores of Casco Bay. In addition to the roughly 5 miles of trails described here, Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park offers self-guided ...
    •  1.6 miles
    •  Guide

    A hike through a variety of forest types and along the rocky shores of Casco Bay. In addition to the roughly 5 miles of trails ...

  • #20 Quoddy Head State Park

    3 Reviews

    Lubec, ME

    A hike along the top of a spectacular seaside bluff at the easternmost point of the United States. The Bay of Fundy has the strongest tides in the world. Tidal variations here can run as high ...
    •  1.4 miles
    •  Guide

    A hike along the top of a spectacular seaside bluff at the easternmost point of the United States. The Bay of Fundy has the ...