Maine’s Lakes and Mountains is a region in western Maine that is part of the iconic Appalachian mountain range stretching the length of the United States’ east coast. An exhilarating mix of mountain ranges and glacial lakes, this area is highly prized for its pristine environment. No matter the season, these mountains pack in plenty of entertainment for locals and visitors alike. From mountaineering to hiking to alpine skiing, there is a perfect mountain destination for everyone. Whether it is the serenity of an isolated peak with an epic view or an adrenaline-provoking summit to the state’s tallest peak, these 25 Maine mountains are guaranteed to elevate your mood. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
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25 Most Beautiful Mountains in Maine
- Bigelow Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of duke2015 - Fotolia.com
- Cadillac Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of Chris Hill - Fotolia.com
- The Crockers, Photo: Courtesy of Betty Sederquist - Fotolia.com
- Dorr Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of delkoo - Fotolia.com
- Doubletop Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of Jeff Schultes - Fotolia.com
- Goose Eye Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of wildnerdpix - Fotolia.com
- Hamlin Peak, Photo: Courtesy of Tim Markley - Fotolia.com
- Katahdin Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of Thierry Bonneville - Fotolia.com
- Little Jackson Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of Oksana Ariskina - Fotolia.com
- Mansell Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of Kelsie - Fotolia.com
- Mount Abraham, Photo: Courtesy of Bert Folsom - Fotolia.com
- Mount Kineo, Photo: Courtesy of Daniel - Fotolia.com
- Saddleback Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of Zack Frank - Fotolia.com
- Sugarloaf Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of Stephen - Fotolia.com
- Traveler Mountain, Photo: Courtesy of sinitar - Fotolia.com
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Moxie Mountain is located southwest of Moxie Pond in the city of Caratunk. This bald mountain features a wall of cliffs on its southern face and has a slide on its northeastern side, which can be seen from the logging roads that are just south of Moxie Pond. The interesting aspect of the mountain is that there are no clear trails to the summit, which is a collection of rock outcrops. Consequently, visitors can bushwhack their own trails to the top. Previous climbers have started their climbs at Heald Pond, Deer Bog, or Big Dimmick Pond.
The Nahmakanta Crags are situated above the Nahmakanta Stream, an interesting collection of ledges that are between 60 and 100 feet high. From these crags visitors can travel to the top, which is just over 1,000 feet. There are various ascents that can be chosen, but all feature an initial steep climb of 500 feet and rise above a few of the Nahmakanta Stream’s fishing pools. As hikers progress to the granite mountaintop, featuring small spruces and lichens, they will pass by lovely stands of birch trees hugging the cliff sides. Upon reaching the top they will revel in magnificent views of the surrounding mountains, forests, and lakes.
Old Speck is the northernmost and highest mountain in the Mohoosuc Mountain Range, which spans the Maine-New Hampshire border and runs along the entire Appalachian Trail. They are located slightly northeast of the iconic Presidentials and are known for being beautiful and rugged with infrequent foot traffic. The mountain rises 2,500 feet above Maine State Route 26 and Grafton Notch, offering picturesque views of the various peaks of northwestern Maine as well as views of the Presidentials to the south. A charming observation tower is situated at the top of the summit. This is an ideal mountain for a day hike, or the perfect starting point for a multi-day traverse.
Sentinel Mountain is situated in the southwest region of the Baxter State Park, standing at over 1,800 feet tall. It is a relatively easy climb to the summit and offers extraordinary views of Katahdin Mountain’s west side. The open ridges of the mountain also provide excellent views of the Penobscot River and every peak from Katahdin to Doubletop Mountain. Visitors should begin their climb at Kidney Pond, which is a 2.8-mile trail roundtrip with a vertical gain of 800 feet. Visitors can also choose to rent a canoe at the pond and travel across to the Sentinel Landing, which links up with the Sentinel Mountain Trail.
At 4,010 feet, Spaulding Mountain is one of Maine’s 14 peaks that rise over 4,000 feet. Even though its towering height is quite impressive, some hikers find its environment a little lackluster as its summit is heavily forested, cutting off what would be epic views. With that said, there are quite a few side trails that lead to some spectacular views of Spaulding Mountain’s neighbors – Crocker, Bigelow, Sugarloaf, Saddleback, Abraham, and Redington mountains. Spaulding is part of the Blue Mountains and features a well-maintained path to the top along the Appalachian Trail.
The Brothers, North and South, are located within Baxter State Park. While considered two of the more modest peaks, they both made the AMC list of 4,000 footers in Maine. North Brother is slightly taller than South Brother, with a difference of roughly 200 feet. These two mountains, along with Mount Coe, create a loop hike that is ideal for beginner hikers or experienced hikers who want to warm up or cool down before or after a more demanding hike. Situated a little northwest of Katahdin, The Brothers overlook the Klondike and provide stunning views from Doubletop Mountain to The Traveler.
The Bubbles are located within Acadia National Park. The two summits are right next to one another with only a slender saddle separating the pair. Their peaks are rocky and predominately bare, towering above Jordan Pond and providing some of the most gorgeous views within the park and spanning out to the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors will also enjoy the views of the mountains from different vantage points in the park as they have an extremely distinctive outline in the shape, which gave them their unique name. The main pathway is The Bubbles Trail; it’s an easy hike leading to both peaks and taking only about an hour to complete.
The Owl Mountain
The Owl Mountain is among the first section of mountains on the west side of Katahdin, overlooking Witherle Ravine, Katahdin Falls, and Katahdin Stream. When viewed from Katahdin Stream, hikers will notice how it received its namesake as it clearly resembles the Great Horned Owl from this vantage point. It is also one of the most notable sights for hikers who are ending their trek across the Appalachian Trail. The mountain’s trailhead begins at the Katahdin Stream Campground. It then follows the north side of the stream for just over a mile before heading west passing the falls, and ending after 2.2 miles at an open summit featuring incredible views.
Tumbledown Mountain is located near Weld Village in western Maine. It is not the highest mountain in the area, but it is by far the most fascinating, featuring three magnificent and open peaks, North, East, and West. The North Summit is the highest among the three at just under 3,100 feet, however the other two are only slightly lower. Two of the most intriguing aspects of the mountain are the dramatic 700-foot-high cliffs that shape its south face, forming Byron Notch’s north side, and Tumbledown Pond, located at roughly 2,800 feet. There are four distinct trails visitors can choose from – The Brook, Parker’s Ridge, Loop, and Tumbledown Ridge.
Turner Mountain is located east of both Katahdin and the gorge of the Wassataquoik Stream’s south branch. The mountain has three peaks, the highest of which is North Peak, which overlooks the Wassataquoik Stream. South Peak is the second tallest and the most popular with climbers, while East Peak is the shortest, but most remote and hardest to get to. Visitors tend to choose the South Peak as it is the only one with an accessible and clear trail. The trailhead can be found at Sandy Stream Pond. This summit offers incredible views of Baxter State Park and Mount Katahdin. Hikers can traverse the 2 miles to the North Summit from here through a deep saddle.
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The Maine Stay Inn & Cottages is a charming Victorian mansion set in the historic district of Camden, Maine that offers elegant bed and breakfast accommodations. Built in 1802, the grand old home was once the residence of Alden Bass before being converted into a beautifully restored and maintained bed and breakfast inn.
The mansion comprises the main house, a four-story barn, and an attached carriage house, and is exquisitely decorated with luxurious antiques and period pieces that have been collected over the years. Three parlors have original artworks on the walls, and each of the guest rooms is individually decorated to reflect their own charm and character. The house is surrounded by an acre of lovely gardens with tree-lined winding paths, a babbling brook with a bridge, a swing, and plenty of places to sit and relax. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and ideally located in the heart of the High Street Historic District for exploring the town and all that is has to offer by way of attractions and activities.
The Maine Stay Inn & Cottages features eight charming guest rooms in the main house and 11 freestanding, private cottages around the property. Beautifully appointed guest rooms are decorated in a New England style with antique furnishings and period pieces and have large windows that flood rooms with natural light and boast stunning views over the garden. Every room has a comfortable king or queen size bed with pillow-top mattresses, deluxe linens and duvets, and hypoallergenic pillows, and en-suite or shared bathrooms with walk-in showers or shower/bath combinations, whirlpool tubs (suites only), thick towels and bathrobes, and organic bath products. Spacious sitting areas have comfortable seating, writing desks and chairs, and some suites have fireplaces and whirlpool tubs as added luxuries. Modern amenities include flat-screen televisions with cable channels and DVD players, iPod/MP3 player docking stations, hairdryers, irons and ironing boards, air-conditioning, and complimentary wireless Internet.
A complimentary gourmet breakfast is served in the elegant dining room every morning, which includes a variety of fresh fruit and juices, cereals and yogurts, freshly baked bread and muffins, and hot entrées along with coffee and tea. Breakfasts are prepared with fresh, locally sourced and organic ingredients, and other selections are available for those guests with specific dietary requirements.
Amenities and Recreation
Deluxe amenities at the Maine Stay Inn & Cottages include elegant common areas and parlors with fireplaces and plush armchairs and sofas in which guests can relax, and a complimentary gourmet breakfast every morning. A large garden boasts tree-lined winding paths, a babbling brook with a bridge, a swing, and plenty of places to sit and soak up the serenity.
Set in the heart of Camden, the Maine Stay Inn offers a variety of things to see and do for all tastes from outdoor recreational activities to more genteel pursuits. Known as “the village where the mountains meet the sea,” Camden offers a plethora of activities from exploring the town’s narrow streets that are lined with white-steepled churches, quaint shops and restaurants, stately old homes, ample parks and common greens, and a picturesque harbor.
Fun outdoor activities include sailing and boating, fishing, hiking, trail biking, trekking, kayaking and canoeing, picnicking, and snow sports in the winter months. Culture buff can explore the town’s museums, art galleries, theaters and opera houses, and dine on sumptuous Maine cuisine in one of the many restaurants and cafés around town.
22 High St, Camden, ME 04843, Phone: (207) 236-9636
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Set in a stately 1920s building overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean, Chebeague Island Inn is a deluxe hotel that offers an idyllic island escape. Originally built in the 1880s as The Hillcrest Hotel, and later rebuilt in the 1920s as the Chebeague Island Inn, the beautifully appointed hotel boasts breathtaking views of the ocean. Set on Chebeague Island, one of Maine's most beautiful islands which is a few hours north of Boston and accessed by ferry, the hotel features well-appointed guest rooms with en-suite or shared bathrooms, sitting areas with daybeds (suites) and modern amenities. The Inn has an upscale eatery that serves seasonal, local cuisine, a complimentary hot breakfast and afternoon snacks are offered daily, and a great common room has comfortable seating and a large fireplace where guests can relax. The Chebeague Island Inn is ideally located for exploring the island, which is within easy access to several beautiful beaches, including Bar Harbor, Portland and Old Orchard Beach, and a variety of activities and attractions.
Chebeague Island Inn features beautifully appointed guest rooms in several different layouts and sizes, each of which is individually decorated and stylishly furnished in classic, contemporary décor. Guest rooms have custom Maine art and have queen-size pillow-top beds with Italian hem-stitched linens and fluffy down pillows, and en-suite bathrooms with soaking tubs, walk-in showers, plush towels and bathrobes, and deluxe bath products. Spacious living areas have comfortable sofas and armchairs, and modern amenities include hair dryers and complimentary wireless Internet.
The Chebeague Island Inn has an award-winning restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily. The eatery serves seasonal, regional cuisine prepared with fresh, locally sourced ingredients from the nearby Second Wind Farm against a backdrop of breathtaking ocean views. The cuisine is accompanied by an extensive selection of handcrafted cocktails, craft beers, and fine wines from the Inn’s bar, which can also be enjoyed on the Inn’s Sunset Landing Porch.
Amenities and Recreation
Amenities at the Chebeague Island Inn include a comfortable lobby and Great Room with plush sofas and armchairs and a large fireplace where guests can relax. The Great Room has books, magazines, and games for guests, along with complimentary wireless Internet. The Inn features a beautiful porch with oversized lounge furniture for relaxing and soaking up the stunning ocean views and has cornhole and a firepit.
Complimentary breakfast, along with coffee, tea and snacks are available daily, and an upscale eatery serves fresh, regional cuisine prepared with locally sourced ingredients. The Inn’s bar offers a wide variety of beverages, signature cocktails, and other drinks to enjoy on the porch or in the Great Room by the fire. The Great Room is stocked with books, games, and puzzles, and yoga classes are available on Friday and Saturday mornings. The Inn has loan cruiser bikes which guests can use for exploring and a variety of concierge services are provided by the Inn’s professional staff, including a list of weekly events. There is a free shuttle service and a gift shop at the property.
Chebeague Island offers an array of activities and attractions to enjoy, including fishing, beachcombing, hiking, biking, and golf at the Great Chebeague Golf Course.
Wedding & Events
The Chebeague Island Inn offers a beautiful venue with picturesque views for special occasions such as bridal showers, engagement parties and wedding ceremonies, along with exclusive wedding services and packages. The Inn offers award-winning catering and culinary services, and professional staff is on hand to assist with all the details on the special day.
61 S Rd, Chebeague Island, ME 04017, website, Phone: 207-846-5155