AMC's Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast: Four-Season Guide to 50 of the Best Trails from The Maine Beaches to Downeast

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  • Copyright: 2015-03-07
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Pr
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Explore the full length of the rugged coast of Maine in 50 hikes, enjoying classic views, historical lighthouses, and abundant natural beauty. Walk through century-old stands of white pine in Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park. Trek Portland's finest green spaces. Traverse the ridges of Camden Hills State Park and Acadia National Park's Cadillac Mountain. Explore the shoreline of Downeast Maine, from the maritime forests of Roque Bluffs State Park to the bogs of Quoddy Head State Park. With the At-a-Glance Trip Planner, you'll find the best hikes near public transportation, great trips for kids, and routes you'll enjoy on snowshoes or skis in winter. Whether you're a local resident or just visiting, this book is a must-have resource for daylong adventures along the coast of the Pine Tree State.

Inside You'll Find:
  • 50 hiking trips for all ability levels and seasons
  • At-a-Glance Trip Planner to help you find the trip that's right for you
  • Detailed maps showing parking areas, trails, and natural highlights
  • Summaries of time, distance, elevation gain, and difficulty level for each trail
  • GPS coordinates for trailheads
  • Hiking and safety tips, including advice on what to carry in your pack
  • Essays on nature and history of the region

Author Biography

Carey Michael Kish has been exploring the hiking trails along the coast and in the mountains of Maine for more than four decades. Carey is a freelance outdoors and travel writer and photographer, editor of AMC's Maine Mountain Guide and the AMC Maine Chapter's Wilderness Matters, and writes a regular hiking and camping column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. His writing and images have also appeared in a variety of online and print publications, including AMC Outdoors magazine. A Registered Maine Guide and Wilderness First Responder, Carey has thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and completed more than two dozen other long distance backpacking treks in the US, Canada and Europe. Carey has Bachelor of Science in Forestry and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Maine and a Bachelor of Arts in Geography and Anthropology from the University of Southern Maine. Carey lives in Southwest Harbor, Maine on the edge of Acadia National Park with his wife, two cats, and a mountain of well-used outdoor gear.

Table of Contents

Locator Map
At-a-Glance Trip Planner
How to Use This Book
Trip Planning and Safety

Section 1: York County

  1. Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge
  2. Vaughan Woods Memorial State Park
  3. Mount Agamenticus Conservation Region
  4. Wells Reserve at Laudholm
  5. Edwin L. Smith Preserve
  6. Saco Beach Loop
  7. Bauneg Beg Mountain Conservation Area
  8. Sawyer Mountain Highlands
Section 2: Casco Bay
  1. Eastern Trail/Scarborough Marsh
  2. Spring Point Shoreway
  3. Forest City Trail
  4. Mackworth Island
  5. Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park
  6. Bradbury to Pineland Corridor Trail and Bradbury Mountain State Park
  7. Harpswell Cliff Trail
Section 3: Midcoast
  1. Cathance River Nature Preserve
  2. Whiskeag Trail
  3. Center Pond Preserve
  4. Reid State Park
  5. Ovens Mouth Preserve
  6. Salt Bay Heritage Trail
  7. La Verna Nature Preserve
  8. Monhegan Island
  9. Northern Headwaters Trail
  10. Hidden Valley Nature Center
  11. Georges Highland Path/Ragged Mountain
  12. Fernald's Neck Preserve
  13. Camden Hill State Park
  14. Little River Community Trail
Section 4: Acadia National Park
  1. Beach Cliff and Mountain Loops
  2. Six Peaks Circuit
  3. Cadillac Mountain Traverse
  4. Ocean Path
Section 5: Downeast
  1. Great Pond Mountain
  2. Witherle Woods Preserve
  3. Blue Hill Mountain Loop
  4. Edgar M. Tennis Preserve
  5. Branch Lake Public Forest
  6. Amherst Mountains Community Forest
  7. Tunk Mountain
  8. Mayberry Cove Trail
  9. Long Ledges Preserve/Baker Hill Easement
  10. Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge
  11. Great Wass Island
  12. Machias River Heritage Trail
  13. Roque Bluffs State Park
  14. Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land
  15. Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge
  16. Quoddy Head State Park
  17. Shackford Head State Park
Nature and History Essays
The King's Pines
Great Fire of 1947
East Coast Greenway
Fairy Houses
Maine's Land Conservation Movement
Whaleback Shell Midden
Poets, Artists, and Writers Along the Maine Coast
Acadia's Carriage Roads
Maine's Sustainable Lobster Fishery
Maine's Ice Age Trail

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