Camden, Maine

Population: 5254
Knox County, ME
Trip: 5 miles

The town of Camden is best known to tourists as an idyllic example of a scenic coastal Maine town, full of bed & breakfasts, fine restaurants, and visiting sailboats in the harbor. (In 1957, 20th Century Fox chose Camden as the location for the filming of Peyton Place, the movie version of the controversial novel by Grace Metalious that portrayed life in a small New England town.) Camden offers a wonderful Main Street and waterfront park to stroll. There are dozens of fine shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants to browse all just steps away from the harbor. For the best panoramic view, drive or hike up Mount Battie, overlooking the Camden-Rockport coastal area and surrounding Penobscot Bay.

Population: 3209
Knox County, ME
3 miles

Rockport is the quintessential coastal Maine village. Set at the foot of a small harbor. the village is a perfect scale to reconnoiter on foot, which allows for a leisurely browse of the waterfront, Marine Park and various boutiques and art galleries.

Population: 7609
Knox County, ME
Trip: 3 miles

Located on the southwest edge of Penobscot Bay, Rockland has always benefited from a unique combination of geography and economics that has made it one of the most beautiful and practical destinations on the coast of Maine. Its nearly 8,000 residents live at the heart of Midcoast Maine, an area world famous for its mountainous and rocky shore with hundreds of harbors and inlets, and for some of the best cruising waters anywhere for sailing and boating for pleasure or sport. A nearly mile-long granite breakwater protects Rockland Harbor and lighthouse making it one of the finest shipping and recreational boating harbors on the East Coast of the United States. One of the most dramatic changes of the past 20 years has been the city’s transformation from a fish-processing center to a vibrant arts-and-crafts center. Rockland has recently been colonized by creative restaurateurs and innkeepers and other small entrpeneurs who are remaking the city into one of Midcoast Maine’s most popular tourist destinations.

Population: 6381
Waldo County, ME
Trip: 25 miles

Belfast was for the first hundred years of its organized history a ship building center, sending hundreds of three, four, and five masted schooners down the ways and making the fortune of many a New England shipping and whaling family. Today, Belfast is a thriving community that relies equally on traditional fisheries and farms, tourism, the arts community, and large facilities like MBNA and the Hutchinson Center. The waterfront is booming in enterprise including restaurants, pubs, and sightseeing tours by water or railway. The waterfront area has been renovated and improved with parks, picnic areas, and boat launch. Belfast has become a popular vacation stopover and attracts yachts from local and distant ports. Visitors to the harbor will enjoy the serenity of sitting and watching an array of beautiful boats coming and going.

Population: 2334
Lincoln County, ME
Trip: 45 miles

Picturesque downtown Boothbay Harbor is a bustling seaside Maine community. Brick sidewalks. Sightseeing sailboats and powerboats angled into the waterfront docks, next to fishing boats and privately owned pleasure craft. Unique shops with handcrafted goods, jewelry, books, antiques, clothing, freshly made candy and bakery items, art galleries and florists. The quaint trolleys. The well-traveled historic footbridge. An aquarium with live exhibits and a touch tank, a music theater, library, historical museum, hospital, and nearby, a walk along the rockbound coast, hiking trails, golf, a railway museum with a scenic railroad ride. Wonderful restaurants, and of course, lots of fresh seafood and lobster.

Population: 1235
Knox County, ME
Trip: 18 Miles
(15 miles by )

Vinalhaven is an island located fifteen miles east, out to sea, from Rockland, Maine. The first permanent settlement was in 1765, at which time it was known as South Fox Island. The village of Vinalhaven is very compact, focused mainly around the shores of Carver’s Harbor on the southern shore of the island. The ferry dock is at the western end of the harbor, and the center of town is just .5 mile to the east. Shops, restaurants, lodging and other services are mostly located within the downtown area. There is a designated walking path/sidewalk on the north side of Main St. running from the ferry terminal to the center of town. Within a one-mile radius of the ferry dock, you’ll find two town parks and a larger Nature Conservancy area.

Population: 603
Waldo County, ME
Trip 12 miles
(2 miles by )

Islesboro is a 14 mile long ribbon of an island barely 2 miles across at its widest. The island has three villages: Pripet at the north end (“up island”), the town of Islesboro in the center, and the village of Dark Harbor located at the southern end. The Island has a beautiful rockbound coast interspersed with lovely sand and shell beaches; stately mansions remaining from a bygone era; breathtaking views looking across Penobscot Bay towards the Camden Hills; lovingly maintained 19th century homes; and friendly folks who always wave. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 603.

Population: 75
Knox County, ME
Trip: 32 miles
(12 miles by )

Monhegan Island is situated out in the open sea, about 10 miles from the mainland, and is generally believed to be the first settled place in Maine. The island got its start as a British fishing camp prior to the settlement of the Plymouth Colony. The British would harvest cod from the rich fishing grounds of the Gulf of Maine then dry the fish on the island before shipping them to Europe. A plaque adjacent to the island’s one room schoolhouse commemorates a visit in 1614, by John Smith, who was an English Naval Captain and Governor of Virginia. Today fishing still dominates Monhegan’s economy. From December through May the fisherman harvest lobsters from the only lobster conservation area in the state of Maine. The summer months bring artists and tourists to view the amazing ocean views and to those who are attracted to its scenery, flora and fauna, and its history. Traveling to the island brings you back to what coastal Maine was like 100 years ago. in Maine: Port Clyde, New Harbor, and Boothbay Harbor. Parking for all cars is available at each port.

Megunticook Lake
Camden, ME
Trip: 8 miles

This hidden little cove located on Megunticook Lake in Camden, ME is quiet, quaint and very scenic. There is a large children’s play area with a merry-go-round and teeter-totters. The beach offers a shallow area for children to play safely in the water and a deep water dock for diving. Picnic tables, hibachi grills, a changing room, a playground and a sandy beach make this a convenient and comfortable setting to spend a few hours on a hot summer day.

280 Belfast Road
Camden, ME
207-236-3109
Trip: 8 miles

Camden Hills State Park is located in the Megunticook Mountain Range on the shore of Penobscot Bay. Recognizing the special features of this area, the National Park Service acquired nearly 5,000 acres of this range in the 1930’s. In cooperation with the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Park Service built the “Camden Hills Recreation Development Area” during the late 1930’s and early 1940’s. Since 1947, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands has administered the area now known as Camden Hills State Park, one of Maine’s most popular parks.
The 5,500 acre park provides 30 miles of hiking trails along the shore and in the Megunticook Mountain range, whose peaks rise from near sea level to a height of 1,380 feet. One outstanding feature of this range is Maiden Cliff, a rock outcropping that rises 800 feet from the shore of Megunticook Lake and offers hikers beautiful views from the top. Paths by the shore invite visitors to enjoy less strenuous hikes along the 1,700 feet of rocky coastline on Penobscot Bay.
One of the most popular scenic attractions in the park is the 1.4 mile road to the top of Mount Battie. On the summit of the Mount sits a W.W.I stone tower which has a circular set of stairs on the interior. Climbing approximately 20 steps rewards you with an impressive 360 degree view of mountains and ocean. The panoramic view includes shining lakes, wooded hills, busy Camden Harbor and the islands of Penobscot Bay.

Hosmer Pond Road
Camden, ME
207-236-4418
Trip: 6 miles

Enjoy this popular ski resort on 1300′ Ragged Mountain in Camden. The Snow Bowl offers nine trails from beginner to expert, with two T-Bars and a double chair lift. It’s the only ski facility offering panoramic views of the Atlantic and off-shore islands. Snowmaking equipment, lighting for nighttime skiing. Twenty miles of cross country ski trails, a certified ski school and equipment rentals. The Camden Snow Bowl is also home to the U.S. National Toboggan Championships. For more information, call 207-236-4418.

Samoset Road,
Jameson Point
Rockland, ME
Trip: 1.5 miles

Located next to the Samoset Resort in Rockland, a visit to this lighthouse is a great way to burn off some excess calories after a succulent seafood meal. Built in 1888, the lighthouse sits at the end of a that juts out into the waters of Rockland Harbor. Parking is free, and there is plenty of space for walking and exploring. Located at the end of Samoset Road, Jameson Point in Rockland.

Owls Head, ME
Trip: 7 miles

At Owl’s Head, Maine, this little 30 foot stub of a light tower sits high on a cliff guarding the entrance to Rockland Harbor. The name Owl’s Head comes from the two large indentations in the headlands that suggest an owl’s eyes. A light was first built here in 1826 to service the increased shipping generated by Rockland’s lime industry. The present brick tower was constructed in 1852 and fitted with a fourth-order fresnel lens. The tower remains essentially the same as when it was built. The lighthouse is located in Owls Head Light State Park in Owls Head. For more information call 207-941-4014

Marshall Point Road
Port Clyde, ME
Trip: 20 miles

he Marshall Point lighthouse is located in Port Clyde, Maine. The current light was built in 1857. It is 31 feet tall and is constructed of brick and granite. The brick and granite lighthouse was originally equipped with a fifth order Fresnel lens and emitted a fixed white light that could be seen for about 10 miles and remained in the lighthouse up to 1935 when the light was electrified. This lighthouse replaced the original lighthouse that was built in 1832 and consisted of a 20-foot rubblestone tower. A bell tower was built in 1898 and contained a 1,000 pound bronze bell. This was replaced by a fog horn in 1969. The bell is on display at the keeper’s house.

Pemaquid Point
Bristol. ME
207-677-2494
Trip: 34 miles

The light at Pemaquid was originally built during the presidency of John Quicy Adams, in 1827, at a cost of ,800. Faulty construction was blamed for the quick deterioration of the tower, which was rebuilt with double walls in 1835. The tower is only 38 ft tall, but it’s placement on a rock ledge gives the light a 79 ft. focal plane. Flashing a white light every 6 seconds, Pemaquid’s fourth-order fresnel is visible for 14 miles. The lightkeeper’s house is now a museum, and there is an art gallery at the park, but the best part of this trip is climbing around on the point itself, enjoying the spectacular scenery and taking the inevitable photo of the light reflected in a tidal pool. For more information call 207-677-2494

66 Fort Road
Edgecomb, ME
207-882-7777
Trip: 38 miles

Fort Edgecomb was built in 1809 and it had a two-story octagonal wooden block house and restored fortification. Fort Edgecomb was built to protect picturesque Wiscasset, once the most important shipping center north of Boston. The octagonal 1808 blockhouse and restored fortifications overlook the Sheepscot River, where harbor seals and osprey are often seen. Photographing the harper seals and nesting osprey are popular attractions.

375 Seguinland Road,
Georgetown, ME
207-371-2303
Trip: 60 miles

Located on Georgetown Island fourteen miles from Route 1 in Georgetown on Route 127, Reid State Park offers 766 acres of ocean frontage. The area sits on Georgetown Island’s eastern tip with views of Sheepscot Bay. Sandy beaches, tall sand dunes, low lying marshes characterize the park. The ocean offers an opportunity for fishing and viewing wildlife in all seasons. Summertime offers swimmers a chance to enjoy the ocean or a unique opportunity to swim in a saltwater pond. Picnickers will find tables and grills overlooking the beautiful bay. A concession stand and showers are offered seasonally.

10 Perkins Farm Land
Phippsburg, ME
207-389-1335
Trip: 54 miles

Fort Popham is a semicircular granite fort built in 1861 for use during the Civil War. Modifications were made and the fort used again in the Spanish American War and World War 1. Historical records conclude that fortifications, probably wooden, existed here and protected the Kennebec settlements during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. It was nearby that the English made their first attempt to colonize New England in 1607. Viewing the historic site may be enjoyed each year between Memorial Day and September 30th. Picnicking and fishing are also enjoyed at this state historic site.

10 Perkins Farm Land
Phippsburg, ME
207-389-1335
Trip: 54 miles

Popham Beach State Park offers 529 acres of recreation land for visitors to frolic on the white sandy beach and picnic at the scattered tables and grills. Its fine granulated sand, tidal pools and the classic Maine rocky coastline characterize the park. The beach is situated amongst several historic and natural attractions including Fort Baldwin, Fort Popham and Morse Mountain Preserve.
Popham Beach State Park offers an extensive beachfront to visitors. The park permits swimming, picnicking and fishing. Surf casting for bluefish and striped bass is enjoyed between July and September. Views of the Atlantic Ocean are gorgeous and occasional sightings of porpoise occur. An entrance fee is collected at the gate.

711 Fort Knox Road
Prospect, ME
207-469-6553
Trip: 42 miles

Fort Knox, Maine’s largest historic fort, features stunning military architecture and master granite craftsmanship. Constructed between 1844 and 1869, the fort was strategically located on the narrows of the Penobscot River. Although it never saw combat, Fort Knox was garrisoned during the Civil and Spanish American Wars. Visitors are welcome to explore the fort’s passageways and many rooms. The fort also features two complete Rodman cannons. Guided tours are available daily during the summer season. Flashlights or lanterns are recommended.