1. Fort Knox State Historic Site – Prospect, ME
One of the best preserved fortifications on the New England seacoast. Rich with architectural features and American history. Fort Knox is open May through October 9 AM – Sunset. The grounds are open year round.
2. Acadia National Park – Mt. Desert, ME
A 47,000 acre Atlantic coast park teaming with wildlife and days worth of outdoor activities. Discover the diversity this park has to offer between the crashing waves on the coast and the thick, lush mountainous forest. Be sure to check here for scheduled closures.
3. Coos Canyon – Byron, ME
Be sure to bring your bathing suit to the cascading waters of Coos Canyon. Be careful as the water tends to be swift moving. Don’t forget to bring lunch for an unforgettable picnic location!
4. Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park – Freeport, ME
A short drive from the center of Freeport’s shopping district lies Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park. You may get the chance to observe the park’s signature residents, Ospreys, who nest on the nearby Googins Island. It is FREE of charge and open year round 9 AM until Sunset.
5. Grafton Notch State Park – Newry, ME
You barely have to leave your car to observe the beauty this park has to offer. Screw Auger Falls requires very little walking to enjoy views of the gorge. One fairly difficult hike is Table Rock, but the views are well worth it.
6. Height of Land – Roxbury, ME
Described as “pure heaven” from past visitors, this view will have you scraping your jaw off the ground. Not too frequented by tourists gives Height of Land the feeling of peace and quiet. No need to leave the car for this one!
7. Moxie Falls – West Forks, ME
At a vertical drop of over 90 feet, Moxie Falls is one of the highest falls in New England. A reasonable 2 mile round trip hike to the falls makes it the perfect day trip. Be sure to pack extra bug spray as they can be bad in Summer, Spring and Fall.
8. Mount Kineo – Rockwood, ME
If you have your own boat you can ride across and tie your boat up and hike for the day or you can go to Kineo dock and ride the ferry. The fire tower has an incredible view and on a clear day you can see Canada.
9. Moosehead Lake – Northwest Piscataquis, ME
Largest Lake in the state of Maine and the largest mountain lake in the eastern United States. You might even be lucky enough to see some Moose! Be sure to bring a kayak for the full experience.
10. Baxter State Park – Millinocket, ME
Baxter State Park is the largest wilderness area permanently preserved as a state park. The park also features Mount Katahdin, the largest mountain in Maine. Words simply do not describe this staple of Maine.