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Passport to Maine’s Outdoors

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Get out there and see the great state of Maine! Thanks to a network of land trusts, the Land for Maine’s Future program, and our state’s proud conservation traditions, Maine enjoys a rich tapestry of outdoor places for all of us to treasure and share. Bring your friends and family together this year to discover some of the state’s most beautiful natural areas.

Below, you will find 36 destinations to get you started, as you plan your next outdoor adventure. But there are hundreds more that await. Continue reading below for information on other conservation lands available to the public for exploration.

Questions? Send us an email: mainepassport@gmail.com.

Remember, these outdoor destinations are wild places, many with few amenities and some without cell phone coverage. Before heading out, research the destination and know the day’s weather forecast. Be prepared with proper equipment, food, water, and other gear, and use common sense for a safe and enjoyable day in Maine’s great outdoors. Lastly, remember to pack out everything you pack in, so that future visitors will enjoy the same experiences you enjoyed.

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Central

Bigelow Preserve/Flagstaff Lake

Franklin & Somerset Counties

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands

Grand Falls

Somerset County

Maine Huts and Trails

Hills to Sea Trail

Unity & Belfast

Sebasticook Regional Land Trust, Midcoast Conservancy, Georges River Land Trust, & others

Kennebec Highlands

Rome/Vienna/Mount Vernon/New Sharon

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands & 7 Lakes Alliance

Lake George Regional Park

Skowhegan & Canaan

Municipal land owners

Mount Pisgah Conservation Area

Wayne & Winthrop

Kennebec Land Trust

Downeast

Acadia National Park

Hancock County

National Park Service

Baker Hill & Long Ledges

Sullivan

Frenchman Bay Conservancy

Bog Brook Cove

Cutler

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

Downeast Lakes Community Forest

Grand Lake Stream Region

Downeast Lakes Land Trust

Great Pond Mountain Wildlands

Orland

Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust

Two Rivers Conservation Area

Machias

Downeast Coastal Conservancy

Midcoast

Beech Hill Preserve

Rockport

Coastal Mountains Land Trust

Camden Hills State Park

Camden & Lincolnville

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands

Dodge Point/River Link

Newcastle & Edgecomb

Maine Bureau of Parks, Lands & Damariscotta River Association, & Boothbay Region Land Trust

Head of Tide/Cathance River

Topsham

Town of Topsham, Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, & others

Thorne Head Preserve

Bath

Kennebec Estuary Land Trust

Northern

AMC Maine Woods

100-Mile Wilderness

Appalachian Mountain Club

Aroostook State Park

Presque Isle

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands

Baxter State Park

Piscataquis County

Baxter Park Authority

Debsconeag Lakes Wilderness

Piscataquis County

The Nature Conservancy

Fields Pond Audubon Center

Holden

Maine Audubon

Four Seasons Adventure Trail

Newport to Dover-Foxcroft

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands

Southern

Bradbury Mountain State Park

Pownal

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands

Edwin L. Smith Preserve

Kennebunkport

Kennebunkport Conservation Trust

Fuller Farm

Scarborough

Scarborough Land Trust

Knight’s Pond Preserve

Cumberland & N. Yarmouth

Royal River Conservation Trust, Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust, & Towns of Cumberland and North Yarmouth

Mount Agamenticus

Southern York County

York Land Trust, Kittery Land Trust, Great Works Regional Trust, & others

Wells Reserve at Laudholm

Wells

Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve

Western

Androscoggin Riverlands State Park

Turner & Leeds

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands

Grafton Notch State Park/Mahoosuc

Newry

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands

Mount Blue State Park/Tumbledown

Weld

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands

Pleasant Mountain Preserve

Bridgton & Denmark

Loon Echo Land Trust

Roberts Farm

Norway

Western Foothills Land Trust

Rumford Whitecap Preserve

Rumford

Mahoosuc Land Trust


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Additional Resources

Looking for other outdoor places to explore in Maine? Here are some additional resources to assist your planning:

Land for Maine’s Future Destinations: Established in 1987, the Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) program has conserved more than 600,000 acres in the state. Supported by Maine voters on six separate occasions, LMF has secured or expanded public access to more than 150 destinations in Maine, including sites in all sixteen counties.

Maine Land Trust Network: A program of Maine Coast Heritage Trust, the Maine Land Trust Network builds and sustains the quality and effectiveness of land trusts in the state. There are more than 80 land trusts in Maine, which collectively manage nearly 600,000 acres. Find a land trust in your region and visit one of their preserves today.

Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands: The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands owns and manages more than 700,000 acres in the state, including state parks, recreational trails, and other public lands. Destinations include some of the state’s loftiest peaks, most inviting beaches, and most scenic landscapes.

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife: The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife owns and manages more than 100,000 acres of land in Maine. These wildlife management areas provide access for hunting, fishing, ATV riding, hiking, and other activities.

Baxter State Park: This 209,644-acre park, established by the late Governor Percival Baxter, provides opportunities to climb the state’s highest mountain, hike on more than 215 miles of trails, camp at 337 sites, fish in remote ponds, and explore a remote wilderness in northern Maine.

Acadia National Park: Acadia National Park protects the natural beauty of the highest rocky headlands along the Atlantic coastline of the United States and a rich cultural heritage. Each year, more than 3.3 million people explore the park, which boasts seven peaks above 1,000 feet, 158 miles of hiking trails, and 45 miles of carriage roads.

White Mountain National Forest: Spanning more than 800,000 acres, the White Mountain National Forest is located mostly in neighboring New Hampshire. However, the forest provides opportunities to hike, hunt, and explore on more than 45,000 acres of mountainous terrain in Oxford County.

National Wildlife Refuges: The US Fish and Wildlife Service owns and manages more than 60,000 acres in Maine to protect critical wildlife habitat. Some of these lands also provide recreational access for hikers, birdwatchers, hunters, and others.

Maine Trail Finder: Maine Trail Finder is a free online resource for hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and paddling trails in the state of Maine. Search a growing database of four-season trails to find the right trail for your next adventure. Browse interactive trail maps, trail descriptions, pictures, and trip reports.