If your family loves the outdoors, visiting one of Maine’s many state parks is a great way to explore the wonder and majesty that the Pine Tree State has to offer.

Maine State Parks

Aroostook State Park (Presque Isle)
Aroostook State Park bears the distinct honor of being Maine’s first state park. Aroostook State Park is the ideal starting point for discovering the North Maine Woods, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway, and the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec. Directions

Baxter State Park (Millinocket)
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Bradbury Mountain State Park (Pownal)
Bradbury Mountain State Park is a wonderful place to spend a day or afternoon exploring trails, taking in the magnificent view from the summit, or enjoying a picnic under a canopy of trees. One of the original five state parks, Bradbury Mountain was acquired by the Federal government in 1939. Directions

Camden Hills State Park (Camden)
Summer nights spent under the stars is a recipe for family fun. Campers who stay at the park’s campground enjoy the comfort stations that are equipped with hot showers. A popular fall activity for hundreds of visiting leaf peepers is to drive up the Mt. Battie Auto Road and view the surrounding hillside of fall foliage color. Directions

Cobscook Bay State Park (Edmunds Township)
Cobscook Bay State Park is a great base for family camping and explorations in easternmost Maine. Many of the park’s 106 campsites (both for tenting and RVs) border Whiting Bay, a sheltered inlet within the larger bay. The Park offers a boat launch for those with the experience to handle boating in challenging conditions. Directions

Crescent Beach State Park (Cape Elizabeth)
The park’s signature feature and namesake is a mile-long, crescent-shaped beach ideal for strolling and sunbathing, where relatively warm waters and light surf make swimming and boating a pleasure. A few feet from the crowded summer sands are trails for walking and nature watching. Directions

Damariscotta Lake State Park (Jefferson)
Enjoy picnicking and swimming at one of midcoast Maine’s most popular day use parks located on beautiful Damariscotta Lake in Jefferson. Damariscotta Lake State Park is a short drive from the state’s capitol, Augusta. A large freshwater lake with a sandy beach provide a relaxing location for beach goers. Directions

Ferry beach State park (Saco)
A stand of tupelo (black gum) trees, rare at this latitude, can be seen in this 100-acre area, which offers a sweeping view of miles of white sand beaches between the Saco River and Pine Point. Directions

Fort McClary State Park (Kittery)
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Fort Point State Park (Stockton Springs)
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Fort Knox State Park (Prospect)
Fort Knox, Maine’s largest historic fort, features stunning military architecture and master granite craftsmanship. Constructed between 1844 and 1864 by master craftsmen and never fully completed, this is an unaltered example of a large mid-19th century granite coastal fortification. Directions

Grafton Notch State Park (Newry)
Both short and long day hikes extend through this spectacular, scenic area at the end of the Mahoosuc Range. The 2,000-mile Appalachian Trail passes through the park on the way to the trail’s northern terminus, Mt. Katahdin. Facilities include picnic tables and grills. Directions

Lake Saint George State Park (Liberty)
The day-use area is a short walk from the camping area where picnic tables and grills are available close to the beach. A lifeguard is on duty. The day-use area has swings, volleyball, basketball, and a sandpit where younger children play. Three to five miles of hiking trails are within walking distance from the campground. Directions

Lamoine State Park (Ellsworth)
Lamoine State Park’s central location is a quiet alternative that provides easy access to Bar Harbor, Acadia National Park, rockbound islands, and area lighthouses. Visitors enjoy camping, boating, fishing and simple relaxation in a beautiful location. Directions

Lily Bay State Park (Greenville)
Lily Bay State Park is the place to pitch your tent near the shores of Moosehead Lake where campsites are well-spaced, wooded and some are lakeside. Located in Beaver Cove, the park offers visitors access to the popular central Maine region where hiking, fishing, hunting and leaf-peeping are popular activities throughout the year. Directions

Moose Point State Park (Searsport)
Take a break at Moose Point State Park to enjoy an afternoon picnic and the views of Penobscot Bay. Located off US Route 1, Moose Point is a popular place for travelers along this scenic coastal route. Relax in an evergreen grove, explore tidal pools, take a walk on the park’s trails, or just enjoy the views. Directions

Owl’s Head State Park (Owl’s Head)
Owls Head Lighthouse, located atop the head of the southern side of the entrance to Rockland Harbor, is another scenic lighthouse accessible from Owls Head Light State Park. The structure, light keeper’s house and the immediate surrounding grounds remain U.S. Coast Guard property. Directions

Peaks-Kenny State Park (Dover-Foxcroft)
Nestled on the shores of Sebec Lake, Peaks-Kenny State Park is one of those undiscovered gems of our park system. Campers enjoy the peaceful, family-oriented campground with only 56 sites that are tucked away in wooded areas to promote privacy. Directions

Quoddy Head State Park (Lubec)
Quoddy Head State Park is located four miles off Maine Route 189 in Lubec on the easternmost point of land in the United States. On its 532 acres, the park features 4.5 miles of hiking trails, extensive forests, two bogs, diverse habitat for rare plants, and the striking, red-and-white striped lighthouse tower of West Quoddy Head Light. Directions

Rangeley Lake State Park (Rangeley)
Rangeley State Park is located in one of Maine’s most beautiful vacation regions, the western mountains. The park consists of 869 remote acres, on 10-square mile Rangeley Lake. The lake is famous for landlocked salmon and trout fishing, and anglers who voluntarily “catch and release” contribute to quality fishing. Directions

Roque Bluffs State Park (Roque Bluffs)
A beautiful, half-mile crescent of sand and pebbles along Englishman Bay is backed by the shallow waters of 60-acre Simpson Pond – allowing for bracing saltwater swims and much warmer fresh water soaks. Between the beach and the pond are several picnic areas and a children’s play area adjoining the parking area. Directions

Sebago Lake State Park (Casco)
Swimming, sport fishing, camping and boating are some of the summer activities enjoyed by visitors. The park’s 250-site campground is a popular destination for family vacationers and provides lasting memories season after season. Wooded areas offer a respite from the sun and activity on the beaches. Directions

Swan Lake State Park (Swanville)
Visitors can enjoy swimming area with lifeguard supervision, picnic sites with grills and walking trails. Toilets and changing facilities are also available for use. For large gatherings, a private group shelter (fee charged) equipped with volleyball, horseshoes and a handicapped accessible toilet are available. Directions

Two Lights State Park (Cape Elizabeth)
Two Lights State Park is a popular point of destination for Maine residents and the many visitors who enjoy the state’s legendary rocky coast. Opened in 1961, the park encompasses 41-acres of rocky headlands. Standing high above the rocky coast and rolling surf, visitors have sweeping views of Casco Bay and the open Atlantic. Directions

Warren Island State Park (Lincolnville)
Serenity describes this park that’s tucked away in Penobscot Bay where visitors use their own boat to access the island. The park is designed for the boating public, and there is no public ferry transportation to the island. No phones are available on the island ensuring a Robinson Crusoe-esque experience. Directions

Machias State Park (Machias)
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Mount Blue State Park (Weld)
Spectacular views of Mt. Blue and surrounding mountains ring this lakeside park that boasts a wide variety of activities for park visitors year-round. Located in the mountainous region of western Maine, Mt. Blue State Park offers a visitors an extensive network of trails, a sandy beach, popular camping area, boat launch and picnic area. Directions

Peacock Beach State Park (Richmond)
Peacock Beach State Park is a convenient drive off Maine Route 201 on Pleasant Pond in Richmond, about 12 miles from Maine’s capital city, Augusta. The park features a small beach and swimming area. Directions

Popham Beach State Park (Phippsburg)
Bordering the south side of the mouth of the Kennebec River, Popham Beach State Park is truly one of Maine’s rare geologic landforms that features a long stretch of sand beach. The rolling Atlantic surf draws thousands of swimmers and surfers alike, and shell collecting is a pastime of many a sea side stroller. Directions

Range Ponds State Park (Poland Spring)
Range Ponds State Park welcomes visitors who enjoy the wide sandy beach as they swim, picnic and play. Most activity centers on the waterfront which is easily accessible because of the smooth, surfaced promenade that parallels the pond for 1000 feet immediately next to the beach. Directions

Reid State Park (Georgetown)
Reid State Park bears the distinct honor as being Maine’s first State-owned Saltwater Beach. Thousands of visitors enjoy the park’s long, wide sand beaches like Mile and Half Mile, which are rare in Maine. Directions

Scarborough Beach State Park (Scarborough)
Scarborough beach offers some of the best swimming in New England with water temps in the high 60’s through out July and August. Weekends they will fill on sites spaces by 11:30am and off site spaces by 12:30pm. Plan to get there early on the weekends. Directions

Shackford Head State Park (Bangor)
Several miles of trails cross the headland. A hiking trail from the parking area leads through woods to a rocky headland 173 feet above sea level, passing several pocket beaches and protected coves. Park trails afford great opportunities for wildlife watching as well. Directions

Tacoma Lakes State Park (Litchfield)
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Vaughan Woods State Park (South Berwick)
A 250-acre forested tract along the scenic Salmon Falls River offers picnic facilities and hiking trails through old growth stands of pine and hemlock. Hiking is available on several trails that connect to make up one large loop, a system 3+ miles long. Visitors can walk smaller sections if they choose. Directions

Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park (Freeport)
The popular Casco Bay Trail carries visitors along Maine’s legendary coast to a point where the surrounding islands of Eagle, Cousin and others are described on an interpretive panel. After a discovering the trails, visitors can enjoy picnics under a canopy of oak trees or a group barbeque is possible at the park’s new shelter area.  Directions

National Parks

Acadia National Park (Bar Harbor)
Acadia was the first national park established east of the Mississippi. The park encompasses 47,633 acres of granite-domed mountains, woodlands, lakes and ponds, and ocean shoreline. Directions

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