Insider’s Guide to Maine – Outside Online

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What makes Maine so perfect for so many types of people? First, there is a wide variety of vast and expansive landscapes, from forested mountains to coastal cliffs. Then come the diversified leisure activities: sea kayaking, river canoeing, hiking, camping, biking and fishing. Now add the state’s rich cultural history and quaint little towns, and you have a natural paradise for any adventure. Start with these three trips, then head here to find 57 more.

Blueberry Mountain Hike

Blueberry Mountain is crowned with unique stands of red pines and, unsurprisingly, plenty of berry bushes. The 4 mile loop is great for families, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t challenging. The White Cairn Trail starts out easy but climbs 600 feet in just a third of a mile before leveling off near the top. Be sure to follow the markers to the main trail lookout. Also, when returning via the Stone House Trail, be sure to take the Rattlesnake Pools path for an icy dip in a mountain stream. Learn more

Paddle West Grand Lake

West Grand Lake and Grand Lake Stream were once part of a historic canoe route used by the Wabanaki people. Paddlers today will love the wild vibe and stunning scenery of the area. More than 20 riverside campsites mean the routes are endless: you can plan anything from a day trip to a 20-mile multi-day adventure. And because it’s one of the quieter parts of Maine, trips here are known for their solitude, punctuated only by the haunting calls of loons. Learn more

Stroll Carrabassett Valley Trails

This extensive trail network of over 100 miles of single and dual track trails is made up of three parts. The Narrow Gauge Trail is a crushed gravel rail trail that follows the east bank of the Carrabassett River and is suitable for beginners. The Maine Huts and Trails network, starting from the Narrow Gauge Path, offers spectacular stream trails like the 3-mile descent from Oak Knoll. Across Route 27 (you can take the Route 27 connector trail) you’ll find the Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, with an additional 35 miles of trails for all abilities. There is also a bike rental and repair shop. Learn more

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