Parks and Recreation Areas
Parks and Recreation Areas

Acadia National Park, home to the 1,532-foot Cadillac Mountain, is our state jewel for sightseeing and recreation. We have countless opportunities for getting outdoors. Hike our trails; explore our carriage roads by bike, horse, or cross-country skis; ride a bus, boat, trolley, horse-drawn carriage, airplane, ferry, or schooner to see the park and its surrounding waters from a variety of perspectives. Into rock-climbing? Try our sea cliffs, some of the highest on the entire East Coast.

But DownEast Acadia is also home to quite the variety of state parks and wildlife refuges, as well as an island-studded coastline and interior lakes and streams.

In the mood for forest adventure? Explore the nearly 5,000 acres of the Amherst Mountains Community Forest with recreation trails through forestland that’s home to wildlife such as peregrine falcons, deer, bear, partridge, and woodcock; thousands of migratory birds arrive each spring to nest here. Or try Donnell Pond or Duck Lake—both comprising thousands of acres of remote forestland with crystal-clear waters and panoramic views, with hiking, swimming, boating, camping, and fishing for all.

For a coastal wilderness experience, the Cutler Coast Public Lands can’t be beaten. Here, you’ll be part of the dramatic “Bold Coast” that extends from Cutler to Lubec, overlooking the Bay of Fundy, with spectacular views along 10 miles of hiking trails above the property’s steep cliffs. This part of our coast is wild and wooly: Cutler’s 12,234-acre expanse of blueberry barrens, woodlands, and peatlands should not be missed.

Find maps and guides to these and other don’t-miss spots—the Great Heath; the Machias River Corridor with its nearly unbroken shoreline—online at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.

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