Camden Hills State Park
Camden Hills State Park
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Thirty miles of hiking trails keep the staunchest hiker trekking along.
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  • kthomasva
    Norfolk, Virginia348 contributions
    Great views from top of Mount Battie
    I had hoped to do a short hike up to Mount Battie with my 9 year old granddaughter but my GPS, the maps on site and Google Maps failed me and the sun was starting to set so we paid the state park fee and drive to the top and parked. Castle turret closed due to COVID but the views are amazing nonetheless and we enjoyed the short half mile hike down amongst rocks. Will do some recon for another time...
    Visited November 2020
    Written November 26, 2020
  • 119TAM
    Cambridge, Massachusetts8 contributions
    Majestic View
    This state park is easily accessible near the town center of Camden and off a major thoroughfare. There are hiking trails of various degrees of steepness/difficulty, and some are characterized by dramatic boulders. Our kids (even our teens) found the hike interesting and worth the effort. We loved the view of Camden and Penobscot Bay from Mount Battie. The ranger and most visitors were taking precautions by wearing masks (or having them at the ready when people approached). The ranger was collecting entry fees with a smile and a fishing net, a quirky touch that brightened the outing.
    Visited November 2020
    Written November 29, 2020
  • Wanda R
    Pawling, New York157 contributions
    Great views, and an easy drive to the summit
    This state park is right off Route 1 just before entering the charming town of Camden. The drive to the summit takes 5 munutes, with numerous hiking trail heads on the way for folks with more time, and plenty of parking at the summit. The walk up is said to take 30 minutes and has several steep sections. From the summit, views of Camden Harbor and beyond are stunning and there are helpful maps identifying islands and visible bays and inlets. Rustic restrooms are a short walk away, well stocked with hand sanitizer. Sadly, not everyone was socially distancing near the viewing areas or resisting the urge to touch the maps, despite written instructions by the maps to look, not touch. The steps to the top of the tower are closed due to COVID-19, as are the viewing binoculars. This park is well worth a stop en route to Camden or other picturesque spots by Penobscot Bay. I'll plan to return when time allows a walk/ hike.
    Visited August 2020
    Traveled solo
    Written September 4, 2020
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Kimberly C
Auburn, ME168 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
For a small fee you can make the quick drive up the the lower summit (10 min max) and leisurely take in breathtaking views of the town of Camden, the Harbor and the islands that line the coast. Wish we had brought a picnic lunch. With a WWI tower to gain a few extra feet and get you above the trees. The park also has camping/RV sites for overnight stays and bathrooms at top and bottom of drive. There are hiking paths for the novice and Davy hiker alike.
Written July 25, 2021
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LovesPhotoOps
Hoover, AL1,044 contributions
Jun 2022
We had limited time so we drove up to the Mt. Battie WWI Memorial Tower and spent a while taking in the scenic views of Penobscot Bay, Camden and beyond. With binoculars you can see the Owls Head Lighthouse in Rockland to the south. There are pit toilets near the parking area at the tower. We did not have time to check out any of the hiking trails. The non-resident fee to enter the park was $6, or $2 for seniors.
Written July 1, 2022
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Scott B
Wantagh, NY676 contributions
Sep 2020
The hiking trails were nice, but a little slippery when it rained. The view was ok, but nothing spectacular. For locals it is probably a good escape for a few hours, and seemed to be very popular given there wasn't much parking available throughout the park. While driving though it was a nice stop, but upon going back to Maine we probably would skip this activity.
Written February 8, 2021
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Talish A
42 contributions
Sep 2020
My husband & I really enjoyed this state park. There were several moderate level trails that could take you to the Ocean Overlook, Mt Battie, and Mt Megunticook. The only thing is that you can get easily lost since the signs along the trails are not numbered and do not coordinate with the map that the park ranger gives you upon entering the park. Non Maine resident fee = $6 per person, which is very reasonable. :)
Written September 13, 2020
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nkdp
Arlington, VA1,566 contributions
Aug 2020
This is a nice state park with low entrance fees, in Camden. We chose to drive in and up to the top of Mount Battie, then take short hikes from there.

The 1/2 mile path we took was well marked with blue dots, and at almost every turn we were rewarded with a stunning view of Penobscot Harbor.

Truly gorgeous views, and nice foliage and rocks/minerals, too.

There are some rigorous, vertical hikes, which we didn't do. You should wear good walking shoes.

This was one of our favorites during our 10 day Maine vacation.
Written August 21, 2020
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MelissaL0715
Tampa, FL796 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Just across the street from Mount Battie is Camden Hills State Park. If you have already paid for Mount Battie, the entrance fee is free. They are beautiful little walking paths and places to have a picnic. We enjoyed walking out on the rocks to see the ocean waves crashing against them.
Written July 24, 2021
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NHjo
Saco, ME8,205 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
Took the road to the top of Mt. Battie and it was great! The foliage was past peak but there was still lots of leaf color left. The mid-morning sun was gleaming off the bay. You could easily spend all day here hiking, picnicking, and soaking up the many views.
Written October 25, 2022
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RoadWarrier99999
Isle of Palms, SC519 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Easy to find, nice parking, cheap for day users, lots of trails. But, give us a little more info on the level of difficulty!

The trails have names and grade levels , but the trail map is a mess. Just lines, with no clear way to distinguish one trail from another or to gauge difficulty. We’re pretty hardy, but found ourselves scrambling up what looked like rocky creek beds and wondering what we’d bitten off.

Had a good time, but it would have been nice to know the black diamonds from the bunny slopes so we could have planned better.
Written September 18, 2021
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Ann W
Bethlehem, PA476 contributions
Sep 2021
After driving to the top of Mount Battie, we crossed the street to the other side of the park.

It was a perfect spot for a picnic lunch with a view of the water. There are restrooms, picnic tables and Adirondack chairs.

Our visit to the park was brief but we really enjoyed it and would stop again.
Written October 24, 2021
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agolddog
Denver, co531 contributions
Jul 2023 • Solo
Really nice park. Campsites nicely shaded and big enough to have privacy. Showers could use a little work, but functional.

Take the hike or drive to Mt. Battie.
Written July 4, 2023
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