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Apr-2013

Located just minutes from the picturesque coastal town of Camden, Maine, Camden Hills State Park encompasses Mt. Battie, Mt. Megunticook and the surrounding hills, an area of 5700 square miles. The mountain and hilltops showcase beautiful scenery that includes Camden, Penobscot Bay, the surrounding islands, and even views of Cadillac Mountain on a clear day.

Camden Hills State Park was created in the 1930s by the National Park Service and the Civilian Conservation Corps. Originally, it was named Camden Hills Recreation Development Area, but the name was changed to its current one in 1947. The park is very popular with campers, leaf-peepers, and hikers. The campground offers comfort stations with hot showers, as well as a group picnic shelter, picnic area, RV hookup and dumping station, and wireless internet access.

A drive up Mt. Battie Road offers excellent views for travelers wanting to experience the fall foliage, and hikers will appreciate the 30 miles of hiking trails. The individual trails are moderate and only 2-4 miles long, but they are all interconnected so that hikers desiring a more challenging experience can customize their hike and make it as long as they wish. The most popular trail is Maiden’s Cliff Trail, which showcases splendid views of Megunticook Lake and the surrounding woods. Hikes to the tops of Mt. Battie and Mt. Megunticook are also very popular and fairly easy.

Camden Hills State Park offers activities for all seasons, including cross-country skiing, horseback riding, hunting, bird and wildlife watching, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, walking, and off-road biking. The nearby town of Camden also offers harbor cruises and puffin and whale watching every day.

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