The state of Maine is known for its gorgeous, untouched natural areas. Whether you like hiking, snowmobiling, or just relaxing on the beach, there’s no shortage of places to enjoy nature in Maine. One of the best ways to enjoy the outdoors is in a national park, and Maine doesn’t disappoint.
There’s only one actual national park in Maine: Acadia National Park. But there are lots of other federal lands to enjoy as well! Here’s a list of some of the top destinations.
Acadia National Park
Acadia tops many of the lists for Maine attractions, and with good reason! The extensive coastal park includes spectacular coastline, scenic trails, and great opportunities to savor nature. Whether you’re looking for a hike with views or a quiet spot to chill along the coast, Acadia has you covered.
Dive into more with our Acadia National Park destination page!
Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument
If you’d like to enjoy Maine’s forests and rivers, the Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is a great choice. As one of the newest sections of preserved land in Maine, it’s far from the well-trodden sights of Acadia. Lounge by a stream, search for a moose, or check out some of the darkest skies east of the Mississippi.
Learn more about KWW at the National Park Service site.
Every year, thru-hikers begin a trek of over 2,100 miles in Georgia. Their destination? Mount Katahdin – the highest point in Maine.
You don’t need to be quite so ambitious to enjoy the Appalachian Trail in Maine. This National Scenic Trail runs nearby picturesque towns like Newry, Rangeley, and Greenville. In many spots, there are places to park and complete some absolutely gorgeous day hikes. Check out Grafton Notch State Park for one option!
See more details about the AT on the National Park Service site.
National Wildlife Refuges
The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service conserves land throughout Maine for habitat and research. From the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in the southern part of the state to the Aroostook NWR at its crown, refuges provide some great opportunities for wildlife spotting, hiking, and more.
View all of Maine’s six national wildlife refuges at the Fish & Wildlife Service site.
While federal lands provide lots of great options, don’t forget Maine’s amazing state parks while you’re here!