Maine hiking trails are wild, challenging, and breathtakingly beautiful. From the boulders of Mahoosuc Notch to the waterfalls of Gulf Hagas, the rugged peaks of Bigelow to the ocean vistas of Cadillac Mountain, the state offers a treasure trove of memorable hikes. Then there’s Katahdin, the crown jewel of them all, standing tall as the northern terminus of the Appalachian Trail. Wherever your adventures lead, you won’t find a bad day of hiking on any of the trails listed here.
Trying to find an “easy” way to hike Mt. Katahdin is like panning for gold in a swimming pool. The Abol Trail, by virtue of providing the most direct route to Katahdin’s Baxter Peak from a roadside trailhead, is often presumed the “best bet” by novice hikers. That’s a losing bet.
To hike the Berry Picker’s Trail, opened in 2016, up Saddleback mountain is to step back in time and enjoy one of Maine’s magnificent 4k mountains before the toll of thousands of footsteps has eroded the tender soil into a deep-grooved trail filled with rocks and roots.
Nestled into the southern end of Crawford Notch State Park off Route 302 in Harts Location, Arethusa Falls is regarded by many as the best scenic waterfall in New Hampshire. Once you’ve stood at the base of this massive cascade, it’s hard to argue the point.
Difficulty: Family Hike Distance: 4 miles Time: 2.5 to 3 hours Another wonderful weekend, another family hiking trip in the books. My wife picked the location, and Mrs. McGovern likes places with intriguing sights. That’s how we found ourselves headed…