What is truly wonderful about The Maine Highlands is how natural it has stayed and what better way to connect with nature than in an area that was preserved to be forever wild. With three state parks and a National Monument featuring a great variety of scenery and wildlife, The Maine Highlands has what you need to start your outdoor experience.
Baxter State Park
Baxter is the crown jewel in The Maine Highlands. It covers 200,000 acres of land in the northern part of our region. With more than 200 miles of hiking trails and 46 peaks, this state park is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts. There are many rules and regulations at Baxter State Park, to ensure that it continues to be forever wild. Be sure to visit the park's website before your visit.
Lily Bay State Park
This lovely state park near Greenville is situated on the shores of Moosehead Lake. There is a wonderful campground with opportunities to swim, fish, paddle, and hike. In the winter you can access trails for snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing.
Peaks-Kenny State Park
This park in Dover-Foxcroft was recently voted the Best Lakeside State Park by Yankee Magazine! Located along the shores of Sebec Lake, this family-friendly state park is great for the day tripper looking for a pristine place to swim or the campers looking for a beautiful campground.
Mount Kineo State Park
Mount Kineo’s dramatic cliffs tower 700 feet above Moosehead Lake. These cliffs provide a habitat for peregrine falcons and rare plants. Mt. Kineo also provides some stunning views of Maine’s largest lake! There is no road access to Mt. Kineo, which is part of the mystery and charm. Visitors can access the area by ferry or their own boats. Public boat launches can be found in Rockwood and at Lily Bay State Park. They can also snowmobile to Mt. Kineo in the winter across the lake.
Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
This area bordering Baxter State Park was created in 2016 by President Obama. It's a wild landscape filled with animals, waterways, and vistas galore. Infrastructure is currently being built so that visitors can easily access this swath of untouched natural wilderness.