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Family Guide to Maine Hiking Trails

Over the past several years my family has hiked several trails in Maine. Here are some of our Favorites. I will rate them based from the point of view of a two middle-aged adults with preteen children that go on a day hike a couple times a year.


Bradbury Mountain, Pownal
State Park - At only about 300' of total elevation this is a great first hike for children. Difficulty rating 1.5 out of 5 stars.

Wolf's Neck Woods, Freeport
State Park - Easy Hike for kids of any age, even has handicap accessible trails. Difficulty rating 1 out of 5 stars.
Wolf's Neck Woods state park

Mount Blue, Weld
State Park - A tough hike for young kids. My son made it up at 4 yrs but we had to carry him down. 2900' elevation. Difficulty rating 5 out of 5 stars.

Tumbledown Mountain, Weld
A tough hike for young kids. My son made it at 5 yrs with difficulty on the way down. Total elevation 3068, although we only went to the crater lake. We went the brook trail and returned 3 years later to do the loop trail. One of our Favorites. Difficulty rating 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The alpine lake on tumbledown mountain

Wight Brook/Step Falls, Newry
A moderately easy hike even for young children. Only about a 1/2 mile with not much elevation. Plus the added fun of swimming in the pools and sliding down the rocks at these gentle falls. Another family favorite on a very hot day. Just before Grafton Notch State Park off Rt. 26. Difficulty rating 1.5 out of 5 stars.

Table Rock Trail - Grafton Notch State Park, Bethel
A lot of hand over hand climbing but still not as difficult as Mt. Blue or Tumbledown. The actual climb is about 900' vertical. Difficulty rating 3 out of 5 stars.
Looking toward table rock from the eyebrow loop trail - Grafton Notch State Park

Eyebrow Loop Trail - Grafton Notch State Park, Bethel
A moderately difficult hike, part of the Appalachian Trail. Difficulty rating 4 out of 5 stars.

Ledges Trail - Pleasant Mountain, Denmark
A moderately difficult hike, on the backside of the mountain from Shawnee Peak Skiing area. Difficulty rating 4 out of 5 stars.
The ledges trail - Pleasant Mountain, Denmark

Monhegan Island
A lot of up and down hiking and clamoring over rocks. Beautiful views. The only downside is the $35 per person boat ride to get you there. Difficulty rating 2.5 out of 5 stars.
Monhegan Island

 

 


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