There’s only one difficult decision to make in Maine: deciding where to go first. You might find it easier to choose a handful of small recreation areas, or one or two large ones, to start your journey.
A good place to start is exploring one of the 32 state parks here, covering half a million acres of public lands, with unique activities in each. Many begin with the 205,000 acre Baxter State Park at the base of Mount Katahdin, or the 92 miles of lakes and rivers known as the Allagash Wilderness Waterway.
The national parks and forests of Maine are popular with millions of visitors annually, for good reason. When you drive to the top of Cadillac Mountain and gaze across the Atlantic Ocean, and the 30,000 acres of tree-lined peaks in Acadia National Park below you, you’ll feel like one of the bald eagles here. Like you’re gliding through the clouds, on top of the world.
That’s a feeling you won’t forget.
To the west, the White Mountains National Forest holds a mountainous recreation area that’s beloved by skiers in the winter, and hikers in every season. The 45,000 acres of national forest, along with the additional thousands of acres of ski resorts and hiking trails, makes this recreation area a true travel destination.
To the south, the recreation areas around Maine’s beaches are truly some of the best in the world. The 7 miles of oceanfront sands at Old Orchard Beach invite all sorts of recreation, whether you’re on a weekend trip with friends or an annual adventure with the entire family. You can go surfing, ride an oceanfront roller coaster, play games at the massive arcade by the pier, or just relax in the sun.
Beyond the beach you’ll find the inland areas of Saco, Biddeford, Pine Point, and Scarborough. You can go canoeing through the marshes, or fishing for trout in the calm lakes, or camping in one of the many state campgrounds and private resorts that you’ll find within every recreation area in Maine.
You can start your journey now, by exploring our interactive map, and our featured articles below that highlight a variety of recreational areas throughout this beautiful state. The hardest part is choosing which area to start with. But there’s good news: you’ll love them all.