Pretty soon I’ll be leaving mid-coast Maine for the rest of the summer, and possibly a lot longer if I end up finding a job. I’ve been in this area, staying with my parents for a little over a month while I’m “between jobs”, as they say. And while I’ve been here, I’ve been hiking through the early spring weather in the Camden Hills.
What’s that? You’ve never heard of the Camden Hills? Well that’s a damn shame. Next time you’re in the midcoast region of Maine, do yourself a favor and stop by Camden for some day hikes.
Starting at the edge of town and extending into several adjacent towns, the Camden Hills are a series of small mountains with a surprisingly large network of hiking trails. Most of the trails are within the Camden Hills State Park, but the nearby George’s River Land Trust has some great trails as well. And while the major peaks of the region are barely over a thousand feet high (Megunticook, the tallest, is 1385 feet), views can extend for up to a hundred miles. Mount Washington in New Hampshire can be seen on very clear days, and Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is almost always visible from mountains like Megunticook, Bald Rock (1100 feet), Battie (800 feet), and Ragged (1280 feet).
The trails in the Camden Hills are generally a delight, even if you don’t get a view. Very similar to the rocks and roots of trails in northern Maine and the White Mountains, the Camden Hills trails tend to be steep and difficult, if short. Case in point, the Mount Battie Trail is only a half mile long, but gains about six hundred feet to put you directly over the town of Camden.
Because I’ve been hiking in the early part of the season, none of the trees have any leaves in my photos, but the views are pretty fine regardless, I think. In the summer and fall, just imagine all these pictures with a lot more color. Take a trip and check the place out.
Maine Sport Outfitter, just a few miles away, has most of your hiking needs (and trail maps). The town of Camden has a ton of amazing food, as do Belfast and Rockland up and down the coast a little way. Just watch out for tourist traffic clogging the streets in summer.