Saturday, December 5, 2009

Sightseeing in Camden Hills State Park

Camden ME Mount Battie trailWhen planning your trip to Camden Maine, a must-see item on your travel itinerary should be Camden Hills State Park. Camden Hills State Park is a 5,500 acre paradise for hikers, campers and outdoor enthusiasts and is the leading sightseeing attraction in Camden Maine. It is an ideal destination for hikers with all levels of experience. With trails that stretch to nearly 30 miles, you will find yourself with endless hiking possibilities. Camden Hills offers five major trail heads. These lead to various sites such as mountains and ponds that will leave you with a sense of awe given the natural scenic landscapes. First-time hikers will love the moderate trails that wind through the mountains and hills of the park. The trails are well-maintained and marked well. However, visitors are encouraged to take a map with them so as not to get lost. Each trail is around 3 to 4 miles long. For more experienced hikers, linking two or three trails together may make the hikes more challenging.

Camden ME Vacation Mount Battie trailThe mountains in Camden Hills State Park may have modest heights and may only be considered as mere hills, however the way they rise out from the sea and surrounding coastline make them more impressive. Camden Hills’ main attraction is the view from the nearly 1000 foot summit of Mount Battie. The best place to get a spectacular view is from a top Mount Battie because of its open rock summit formation. If you don’t feel like hiking, you can always take the auto road to the summit. Mount Battie overlooks Camden, Camden Harbor, and Penobscot Bay. If you’re lucky, you can even see Cadillac Mountain in Bar Harbor when it’s clear. You can also hike to Mount Megunticook, the highest part of Camden Hills. Even though its summit cannot contend with Mount Battie’s, it offers an excellent view nevertheless. Another popular hiking trail in the park is Maiden's Cliff Trail which takes the hiker to spectacular views of Megunticook Lake and the surrounding mixed forest.

Camden Hills State Park offers you a way to experience the Maine outdoors without foregoing life’s conveniences. The park's 112-site campground offers full-service bathrooms equipped with showers. However, there are no water services or electricity in this area. Both tents and campers are welcome in the campground. The Camden Hills State Park accepts reservations for visitors to stay in the campground. Campers love that the campground is designed so that you can have a little privacy, but still see neighboring campers nearby. Assembled in a series of loops, the park campground is well maintained.

Aside from the campgrounds, Camden Hills State Park offers a picnic area, ocean side playground and a recreation field. Take a walk along the rocky shoreline and you will marvel at the scenic beauty of Penobscot Bay and all the surrounding islands.

Camden Hills State Park gives the chance for its visitors to experience the Camden Maine area in all its spectacular natural beauty. Be it from a top Mount Battie or amidst the hiking trails, you will know for sure why Camden Hills State Park is one of the most visited state parks in Maine. A visit to Camden Hills State Park is what makes a Camden Maine vacation a truly memorable travel experience.

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