Located near the heart of Maine in the township of Greenville, Lily Bay State Park is one of the state’s most prime recreational areas. A true angler’s paradise, Lily Bay State Park has been carefully placed on the banks of Moosehead Lake. This enormous lake which has over 117 square miles of water is the largest in the state of Maine. The park, which serves as an access point to the lake, is very popular among those who love to fish.
Not only is this state park known for its fishing, it’s also one of the most beautiful parts of the state. Located near the park are several awe-inspiring mountains including Mt. Kineo, which is a major focal point of the region. This mountain has five miles of hiking trails that lead to the breathtaking summit. Guests of the park can reach Mt. Kineo via a shuttle boat near Rockwood. Big Moose Mountain is another great place to take a hike. This mountain, which is 3,196 feet above sea level at its peak has some very beautiful views of the area. For those looking for an uphill hike, Big Moose Mountain is a great option. Number 4 mountain with its unique name also provides some unique views of the area. This mountain which is located just over 8 miles from the park has some of the most advanced hiking trails in the region. The last mountain on our list is Big Spencer Mountain which has a rugged 2 mile trail that will take hikers around 3 hours to complete.
Other interesting points around Lily Bay State Park are Prong Pond which is a 427 acre pond that is popular with canoers and those who like to kayak. This is the perfect area to see some of Maine’s most prized wildlife. Visitors of the pond can also take in some really great fishing. Lazy Tom Bog is another natural area that draws in lots of visitors each year. This is also one of the best areas to go moose watching, so remember to bring those cameras.
One of the best ways to explore the park and everything around it is to set up camp. The park has many different campsites and visitors can either set up a tent or bring their RV’s. This 925 acre park has 90 campsites so guests will have a lot to choose from. But remember that during peak season, campsites fill up quickly so be sure to plan ahead. Showers and a dump station are located near the center of the park for guest convenience.
Swimming is another great way to enjoy the park, and visitors will be happy to find a very nice beach area located on the west side of the park. Restrooms and showers are also located in this area so that you can get freshened up after a long day of swimming and sun bathing. This is also a great place to enjoy a family picnic and there is a playground for the younger park visitors.
So if you are looking for a weekend of camping, why not visit Lily Bay State Park? This centrally located park will give you and your family plenty of activities to enjoy and lots of chances to get out into nature. So come on up and visit one of Maine’s top wilderness state parks.