Parks & Natural Attractions
Parks & Natural Attractions

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. Here are some links to plan your Acadia Trip:

Into rock-climbing? Try our sea cliffs, some of the highest on the entire East Coast.

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.

The Great Heath; the Machias River Corridor with its nearly unbroken shoreline.

Shackford Head State Park in Eastport - Several miles of trails cross the headland. A hiking trail from the parking area leads through woods to a rocky headland 173 feet above sea level, passing several pocket beaches and protected coves. From this outlook, visitors can see Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada, the town of Lubec, and the Eastport cargo pier on Estes Head, as well as aquaculture pens where Atlantic salmon are raised.

Reversing Falls in Pembroke - Witness the power of the ocean tide. Dropping or rising an average of 20 feet every 6.4 hours, millions of gallons of water flowing into and out of Dennys and Whiting Bays pass through a narrow channel between Mahar Point and Falls Island.

Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge - Moosehorn NWR spans 29,098 acres in the Downeast region, with more than 50 miles of dirt trails and includes 7,392 acres of designated National Wilderness. The refuge provides visitors with exceptional wildlife viewing opportunities.

Find maps and guides to these and other don’t-miss spots online at the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.


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