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Allagash Wilderness Waterway

The allagash wilderness waterway was established by the maine legislature in 1966 to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural beauty, character, and habitat of a unique area. it is a magnificent, 92-mile-long ribbon of lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams winding through the heart of northern maine's vast commercial forests.

Androscoggin Riverlands

Lying near maine's second largest urban area (lewiston/auburn), androscoggin riverlands state park is a 2,675-acre expanse with 12 miles of river frontage. more than half of maine's population lives within an hour's drive of this park, which is the fifth largest in the state. an extensive trail network and undeveloped wildlife habitat offer abundant recreational opportunities. the park is part of the larger androscoggin greenway and the androscoggin river water trail.

Aroostook State Park

Aroostook state park bears the distinct honor of being maine's first state park. in 1938 interested citizens of presque isle donated 100 acres of land to the state of maine, and following that gesture, the park became reality in 1939. today the park totals nearly 800 acres thanks to subsequent donations and purchases.

Baxter State Park

On or before the october 1, 2011, the gates on the lynx road will be opened to public access. the lynx road is located on the park tote road between trout brook crossing and wadleigh brook and connects the park tote road to the wadleigh brook road in the sfma. this access will include approximately four miles of the wadleigh mountain road back to a newly installed gate at the junction of the wadleigh mountain road and the frost pond road. hunters accessing the sfma via the telos road and useless roads (private) will have access on the wadleigh mountain road east to the frost pond road junction.

Birch Point State Park

Enjoy scenic views of penobscot bay while you picnic or fish. the park's crescent-shaped sand beach allows swimming in a gentle surf. swimmers should note that there are no lifeguards.

Bradbury Mountain State Park

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.

Camden Hills State Park

Camden hills state park signature location is the scenic vista high atop mt. battie where sweeping views of camden, penobscot bay, and surrounding islands await. on a clear day, visitors can see cadillac mountain at acadia national park. mt. megunticook, the highest of the camden hills - and highest peak on the mainland - is a moderate climb by foot trail. other hiking opportunities abound and are well-mapped

Cobscook Bay State Park

The wildlife-rich waters of cobscook bay surround this 888-acre park on three sides, providing opportunities to watch birds and observe the ebb and flow of the region's impressive tides. cobscook, the maliseet-passamaquoddy tribal word for "boiling tides," aptly describes this setting where the tidal range averages 24 feet and can reach 28 feet (compared to a 9-foot average tide along maine's southernmost coast).

Crescent Beach State Park

Crescent beach state park opened in 1966 and is located about eight miles south of portland in picturesque cape elizabeth. sandy oceanfront beaches, saltwater coves, wooded areas, and rock ledges provide seashore recreation for beachgoers, fishing and watersports enthusiasts, and nature observers. crescent beach state park is a classic saltwater beach park with beach grass-studded sand dunes, ocean breezes, herring gulls, picnic areas and views of fishing boats and an offshore island.

Damariscotta Lake State Park

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. of course a trip to a state park wouldn't be complete without a picnic lunch. picnic tables and grills are available for this popular summertime activity. the group picnic shelter at this park is equipped with electricity, running water and a group grill. to reserve the group shelter during the summer months, contact the park staff. visitors will want to arrive early on warm summer days as parking is limited.

Ferry Beach State Park

Ferry beach state park is located off maine route 9 on bay view road between old orchard beach and camp ellis in 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.

Fort Point State Park

Picnic tables with a waterfront view, pier and floats for fishing and boating, and access to a scenic bicycling trip are some of the top reasons to visit fort point state park. located about three miles off u.s. route 1 in stockton springs, and named for the point of which gov. thomas pownall established Fort Pownall in 1759, fort point state park occupies a long peninsula with panoramic views of the penobscot river and penobscot bay. on its 120 acres, the park features more than a mile of rocky shore, a tidal sandbar, and diverse habitat for a variety of plants and animals. opened in 1974, the park also includes fort point state historic site and the fort point light station.

Grafton Notch State Park

Grafton notch state park and the mahoosuc public lands are a premier recreational destination lying amidst some of maine's most spectacular mountains the mahoosuc range. these lands offer rugged terrain for backcountry hikers and include 12 of the most challenging miles along the entire appalachian trail. hikers who negotiate the steep summit trails are rewarded with spectacular views, particularly on old speck (4,180 feet).

Holbrook Island Sanctuary

Bordering penobscot bay in brooksville, holbrook island sanctuary protects many different ecosystems, which visitors can explore and enjoy. from the beaches, mud flats, and rocky coast to the tops of steep hills that are actually old volcanoes, the sanctuary hosts a great diversity of plant and animal life. stands of spruce-fir, pine, and mixed hardwoods, together with wetlands and meadows, encourage a multitude of colorful wildflowers that bloom from early spring until late fall. down through these forests and old fields and around the marshes and ponds, alert visitors can see abundant signs of deer, fox, muskrat, beavers, otter, porcupine, bobcat and coyote.

Lake St. George State Park

Lake st. george state park is located 16 miles west of belfast and 25 miles east of augusta on the northwest shore of beautiful lake st. george. state route 3 ran parallel and close to the lake, which was originally part of a farmstead. the centerpiece of the park is lake st. george itself. some of the park's campsites are located right on the shoreline where a morning cup of coffee can be enjoyed while watching the sun rise over the crystal clear water.

Lamoine State Park

Nestled in the heart of down east maine, this oceanfront park is located in one of the most sought-after vacation regions in the state. 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. park views of frenchman's bay, and amenities such as the campground facilities and boat launching ramp are some of the park's highlights.

Lily Bay State Park

Lily bay state park on moosehead lake offers waterfront camping at the gateway to maine's north woods a destination renowned for its outdoor recreation opportunities (from hiking and canoeing to fishing and wildlife watching). established in 1961, lily bay state park was created primarily from woodland donated to the state by scott paper company. new england's largest lake, spanning 117 square miles, moosehead has cool, clear waters and relatively undeveloped shores that make it an appealing destination for boaters, fishermen and vacationers seeking a taste of wilderness. the 925-acre park provides two distinct camping areas bordering the lake with 90 campsites, a sandy swimming beach, playground, two trailerable boat ramps, and a 2-mile, shoreline walking trail.

Moose Point State Park

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.

Mt. Blue State Park

Mt. blue state park is maine's largest state park, encompassing approximately 8,000 acres in two sections separated by webb lake. a campground in the webb beach section has 136 wooded sites a short walk from a sandy beach and picnic area. visitors can swim, launch and rent boats, and walk on trails near the lake. during summer months, park staff routinely offer canoe trips, walks, and nature programs. a nature center features hands-on exhibits and displays.

Owls Head State Park

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.

Peacock Beach State Park

Effective may 6, 2010 the town of richmond will begin managing recreational use by the general public, including swimming, picnicking, and beach activities at peacock beach. for information on hours of operation and rules please contact the town of richmond at 207-737-4305

Peaks-Kenny State Park

Peaks-kenny state park lies on the shores of sebec lake, offering day visitors and campers a peaceful, wooded setting in which to enjoy boating, fishing, swimming, hiking and picnicking. with 56 sites set among stately trees and large glacial boulders near the lake, the campground fosters quiet and private enjoyment of a beautiful natural setting. the 839-acre park lies in the central maine highlands, an area renowned for its natural beauty and outdoor opportunities'with moosehead lake, the appalachian trail, the southern end of baxter state park and other outdoor destinations all within a morning's drive.

Penobscot Narrows Observatory

A one-minute elevator ride will take you to one of the most unusual views in maine, a 360 degree view from 420 feet above the penobscot river, just a few miles up river from penobscot bay. located atop the northern tower or "pylon" of the new penobscot narrows bridge, the observatory gives visitors a spectacular look at mountains, lakes, and portions of penobscot bay.

Penobscot River Corridor

Located in the heart of maine's undeveloped forest land, the penobscot river corridor (prc) provides outstanding opportunities for remote canoe trips, fishing excursions, and whitewater rafting (provided by commercial operators). managed by the bureau in cooperation with several landowners, the prc provides water access recreation along more than 67 miles of river and 70 miles of lake frontage. major access points in the area are gained from millinocket or greenville. trips to this remote region require careful planning; contact the bureau at (207) 941-4014 for more information.

Popham Beach State Park

A dynamic and changing landscape - sand movement and beach dynamics have had a dramatic effect on popham beach, causing extreme shoreline change and dune erosion. please refer to the BEACH ADVISORY CALENDAR to plan your next visit to popham beach state park. dates listing a beach advisory have a high tide during peak hours resulting in very little beach space during busy times.
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