Maine sits in the northeastern corner of the United States, daring adventurers of all interests to come and enjoy its rocky shores, forests, mountains, and Acadia, New England’s only national park. From trail running to mountain biking, kayaking to backpacking, the landscape of Maine is full of opportunities unlike anywhere else in the world. As the weather gets warmer and the call of the wild becomes louder, why not make a plan to come and see the wonders of Maine for yourself?
Before you get started on your road trip up the Maine coast or your hike up Katadhin, be sure you have what you need to ensure a fun and safe journey. Perfectly situated in the town of Kittery, one of the first towns you enter after crossing the Maine border from New Hampshire, is the Kittery Trading Post. It’s a great place to start you Maine adventures as the staff here has been providing gear, information, and inspiration about the region for families and individuals since the 1930s. They have amazing gear, including the latest and greatest Osprey Backpacks, all those last minute odds and ends you’ll need for your camping trip, and maybe a few other goodies that you just can’t resist—new paddleboard anyone?
Once you’ve got everything you need, head out not far from the store, to Camden Hills, where you’ll find the Maiden Cliff Trail—an amazing short hike with a huge payoff. This trail is a 3.6-mile round-trip trek that starts near the shores of Megunticook Lake, climbs up through a forest, and eventually brings you to a beautiful and historic plateau. Past the plateau, there is one more short climb that leads to one of the more stunning panoramic views around. Load up your Osprey Rev Backpack, fill up the included hydration system, and enjoy the hike and the views from this local favorite trail. This region is a perfect place to get your legs back in shape for an entire summer of hiking.
Also close to Kittery Trading Post is Bradbury Mountain State Park, just an hour’s drive north. Bradbury Mountain is a hiker and trail runner’s dreamland, offering nearly 20 miles of trails, including the Boundary Trail, which is an awesome route all around the park. Said to be like a roller-coaster for trail runners, there are few places better to run in the woods or enjoy a leisurely day hiking the trails. The park has a fantastic trail system so you can hike to your heart’s content before hitting up the trail leading to Chandler Brook, which will help you relax and be cool next to the water.
In addition to being great for trail runners and hikers, Bradbury Mountain State Park is also one of the best places to hop on your mountain bike. The rides through the beautiful Maine forests are stunning, so if you do bike or run here, make sure you put a camera and snacks in your Osprey Raptor or Raven backpack; you will want to be out all day and capture the moment. If you want a closer mountain biking destination, head to the Edwin Smith Preserve, just 30 minutes from the Kittery Trading Post. This region offers access to awesome mountain biking trails through stunning terrain that is perfect for all levels of riders.
Whether you live in Maine or just head there over the summer, there are two must-see destinations that many people have on their list each and every year. The first is located in north central Maine and is the ever gorgeous, always popular Baxter State Park. Baxter State Park is known around the world as being the best place to spot a moose, and is known for its numerous bear and deer sightings as well. There are dozens of stunning hikes that lead to waterfalls or up to the breathtaking mountain summits. Your best bet, if you are up for a full day of hiking is the Traveler Loop Trail. Sure, it’s 10.5 miles, so take your time, load up your Osprey Talon backpack, and enjoy a day in one of the prettiest regions in America.
Finally, no summer adventure in Maine is complete without a trip to Acadia National Park. Since this is the year to #FindYourPark, a trip to one of the nation’s most-popular is in order. Acadia is stunning and diverse, full of rocky beaches, majestic forests, and granite peaks scarred by ancient glacial activity. Whether you hike to the summit of Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the East Coast, paddle in the lakes or harbors, or take in the sights on shorter day hikes and bike rides, you will not be disappointed. Come explore Maine!