Natural Heritage Hikes

Natural Heritage Hikes are narratives that guide hikers through the rich ecological, geological, and cultural elements encountered on 25 of Maine's most popular hiking trails. These descriptions provide the hiker with the what, how, and why of the natural environments they are walking through.

You can view other information and interactive maps for these and other Maine trails at Maine Trail Finder and at Maine State Parks and Public Lands.

Trail Hike Length Difficulty Town County
Acadia National Park - Wonderland Trail 0.7 miles each way Easy Southwest Harbor Hancock
Angel Falls Trail 0.7 miles each way Easy Township D Franklin
Aroostook State Park - Quaggy Joe - South Peak Trail, North-South Peak Ridge Trail, North Peak Trail 3 miles Moderate Presque Isle Aroostook
Bald Mountain Trail 1.3 miles each way Moderate Rangeley Franklin
Baxter State Park - Grassy Pond Trail 1.25 miles each way Easy T3 R10 WELS Piscataquis
Big Moose Mountain - Big Moose Trail 2.1 miles each way Moderate Moosehead Junction Twp and Big Moose Twp Piscataquis
Black Mountain - Big Chief Trail 1.1 miles each way Moderate T10 SD Washington
Borestone Mountain - Fox Pen Loop Trail and Summit Trail 2 miles round trip Moderate Elliotsville Piscataquis
Bradbury Mountain - Summit Trail, Northern Loop Trail, Bluff Trail, and Ski Trail 1 mile Easy Pownal Cumberland
Burnt Hill Sugarloaf - Burnt Mountain Trail 5.6 miles round trip Advanced Carrabassett Valley Franklin
Camden Hills State Park - Megunticook Trail, Adams Lookout Trail 2.6 miles round trip Moderate Camden Knox
Camden Hills State Park - Maiden Cliff Trail 1 mile each way Moderate Camden Knox
Caribou Mountain - Caribou and Mud Brook Trail 6.2 miles round trip Advanced Batchelder's Grant Twp, Mason Twp Oxford
Cranberry Peak - Bigelow Range Trail Trail 5.5 miles round trip Advanced Coplin Plt, Wyman Twp Franklin
Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land - Black Point Brook Loop 5.5 miles round trip Advanced Cutler Washington
Dodge Point Public Reserved Land - Ravine Trail and Old Farm Road 2.6 mile loop Easy Newcastle Lincoln
Eastern Trail 5.25 miles each way Easy Saco, Old Orchard Beach, Scarborough Cumberland and York
Ferry Beach State Park - Tupelo Trail, Read Oak Trail, and White Oak Trail 1 mile Easy Saco York
Gulf Hagas - Head of Gulf Trail 1.8 miles each way Easy Bowdoin College Grant East Twp Piscataquis
Kennebec Highlands, Sanders Hill Trail and Kennebec Highlands Trail 2.9 mile loop Moderate Vienna Kennebec
Little Jackson Mountain - Little Jackson Trail 5 miles round trip Advanced Twp 6 North of Weld Franklin
Old Speck Mountain - Appalachian Trail and Eyebrow Loop Trail 6.2 miles round trip Advanced Grafton Twp Oxford
Pleasant Mountain - Ledges Trail 1.8 miles each way Moderate Denmark Oxford
Quoddy Head State Park - Inland Trail, Coastal Trail 1.6 miles each way Moderate Lubec Washington
Reid State Park - Little River Trail 2.8 miles round trip Easy Georgetown Sagadahoc
Saddleback Mountain, The Horn - Berry Picker's Trail 8 miles round trip Moderate Madrid Twp Franklin
Sawyer Mountain - Smith Trail 1.4 miles each way Moderate Limerick, Limington York
Speckled Mountain - Bickford Brook Trail and Blueberry Ridge Trail 8.2 mile loop Strenuous Batchelders Grant Twp, Stoneham, Stow Oxford
Sunkhaze Meadows National Wildlife Refuge - Carter Meadow Road 2.5 mile loop Easy Milford Penobscot
Tumbledown Mountain - Loop Trail, Tumbledown Ridge Trail, Brook Trail, Byron Road 5.5 mile loop Strenuous Township 6 North of Weld Oxford
White Mountain National Forest - East Royce Trail 1.5 miles each way Moderate Batchelders Grant Twp Oxford