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Description - The 5,500 acre park offers 30 miles of hiking trails and a campground which includes picnicking, hot showers, modern restrooms and a rocky shoreline. The park is located near a populous area but stepping a few feet onto the trails offers a remote hiking experience. Once you reach the higher elevations you are offered spectacular views of the busy resort town of Camden, Camden Harbor, Penobscot Bay and the beautiful surrounding mountains. Cadillac Mountain stands impressively to the east.

Attractions - Camden Hills State Park is located in the Megunticook Mountain Range on the shore of Penobscot Bay. Recognizing the special features of this area, the National Park Service acquired nearly 5,000 acres of this range in the 1930's. In cooperation with the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Park Service built the "Camden Hills Recreation Development Area" during the late 1930's and early 1940's. Since 1947, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands has administered the area now known as Camden Hills State Park, one of Maine's most popular parks.

The 5,500 acre park provides 30 miles of hiking trails along the shore and in the Megunticook Mountain range, whose peaks rise from near sea level to a height of 1,380 feet. One outstanding feature of this range is Maiden Cliff, a rock outcropping that rises 800 feet from the shore of Megunticook Lake and offers hikers beautiful views from the top. Paths by the shore invite visitors to enjoy less strenuous hikes along the 1,700 feet of rocky coastline on Penobscot Bay.

One of the most popular scenic attractions in the park is the 1.4 mile road to the top of Mount Battie. From the summit, the panoramic view includes shining lakes, wooded hills, busy Camden Harbor and the islands of Penobscot Bay.

Transportation to the islands is provided by the Maine State Ferry Service. Rockland is the terminal point for ferry service to three island: Vinalhaven (16 miles), North Haven (11 miles), and Matinicus (23 miles). The ferry from Port Clyde carries passengers to Monhegan Island (11 miles), and the Lincolnville Ferry runs to Islesboro (3 miles).

Recreation - Camden Hills State Park offers 30 miles of hiking trails with access from five major trailheads. A shady campground with 112 sites offers flush toilets, hot showers, picnic area, fishing and views of a rocky shoreline. An ocean side playground and recreation field are available. A short drive to Mount Battie offer one of Maine's most panoramic views. On top of the Mount sits a W.W.I stone tower which has a circular set of stairs on the interior. Climbing approximately 20 steps rewards you with an impressive 380 degree view of mountains and ocean.

Climate - The summer vacation haven of Mid Coast Maine sees winter temperatures averaging above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (below -12 Celsius) and average summer temperatures above 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius). The Mid Coast Region receives on the average less than 38 inches (97 centimeters) of precipitation each year.

Location - This popular park is located two miles north of Camden on US 1.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Mid-May through Mid-October.


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Contact Information:
Camden Hills State Park, 280 Belfast Road , Camden, ME, 04843, Phone: 207-236-3109

Additional Information:
Maine Lakes and Ponds - Maine's wilderness environment includes over 3,000 sprawling lakes and ponds. In addition, there are over 32,000 miles of rushing streams and rivers. Visitors and residents enjoy some of the best fishing, whitewater boating and paddleboating opportunities on the East Coast.
Maine State Parks & Public Reserved Lands - Maine's State Parks and Public Reserved Lands are managed for recreation, wildlife and timber. State Historic Sites preserve the rich heritage of the American Revolution and Civil War.
Mid Coast Region - Mid Coast Maine may be the busiest of the coastal vacation spots with literally thousands of tiny rock laden coves and islands along the Atlantic Ocean.

Links:
Camden Hills State Park - Official agency Website

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