Top 3 Places to Hike In “Vacationland” This Summer

By Emily Caffry, Girls Who Hike Maine Ambassador

Maine is known as “Vacationland” because of its beautiful beaches, charming New England towns, and of course, hiking! Here are some easy intro hikes near three of the most popular destinations in Maine:

1. Freeport- Wolves Neck State Park

Freeport is a popular shopping stop for everyone visiting Maine (24 hour LL Bean?!), but there’s a lot more to it than just shopping! My favorite hiking in Freeport is at Wolfe’s Neck State Park, a 245 acre park with tons of different hiking trails. I love exploring down by the ocean and going at different tides to check out how different it looks! There’s also Bradbury Mountain State Park nearby, with tons more hiking and biking trails.

MORE INFO:  Wolfe's Neck State Park website and Bradburry Mountain State Park website

 Photo courtesy of https://www.visitfreeport.com/place/wolfes-neck-woods-state-park/maine-coast-wolfes-neck-woods-state-park-beac/

Photo courtesy of https://www.visitfreeport.com/place/wolfes-neck-woods-state-park/maine-coast-wolfes-neck-woods-state-park-beac/

2. Kennebunk - Edwin L Smith Preserve

This preserve is 1,400 acres and one of the largest remaining areas of undeveloped land along the southern coast. There are 12 miles of trails. Another cool hiking area to check out nearby is Kennebunk Plains, which features blueberry bushes in the late summer.

MORE INFO: Edwin L. Smith Preserve website and the Nature Conservatory- Kennebunk Plains

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3. Acadia National Park

No Maine summer is complete without a hike in Acadia, and my favorite easy one is Great Head, a 1.7 mile loop. This hike combines a visit to Sand Beach with some amazing ocean views from the cliffs above. There are so many miles of hiking in the park, but if you’re not in the mood for a hike nothing is better than a drive around the Park Loop Road with stops at Thunder Hole and the top of Cadillac Mountain (especially for sunrise or sunset)!

MORE INFO: Acadia National Park website

 Photo courtesy of https://newengland.com/today/travel/maine/bar-harbor/acadia-national-park-guide/

Photo courtesy of https://newengland.com/today/travel/maine/bar-harbor/acadia-national-park-guide/


Emily is the Ambassador for our Maine chapter. Follow Emily on her adventures @emcaff. You can join her local meet ups and discussions through the Maine chapter by clicking here.