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Runaway Photo: Camden Hills State Park, Maine

 

 

 

Maine almost didn’t make it on my road trip route. There were two simple reasons why I wanted to visit Maine: hiking and coast. The road trip got longer than I expected, so I thought maybe I could cut Maine off and just head to Massachusetts. I’ve been hiking in Vermont and New Hampshire, and spent time at the Jersey Shore. But after a long discussion with Stephen, we decided not to skip Maine because neither mountains nor coast is the same as any of the other places we’ve been to. And I’m glad we included Maine.

We chose two hiking trails in Maine, and one of them was in Camden Hills State Park. According to AMC’s hiking guide, “the lofty lumps of the Camden Hills rises as the highest coastal promontories on the eastern seaboard south of Acadia national Park.”

There are different reasons why people like hiking: just to be in nature, enjoying fresh air, working out, or for the view. Camden Hills State Park is excellent for the view. “I like this trail because it gives me the view along the way. You want to get rewarded from the hiking, you know?” Our friend Mr.Beloin said while drawing the map for us. And he was right.

 

 

Among several trail heads you can choose, we hiked up the one that started in the middle of the town. Following Mt.Battie Trail to Mt.Battie. “It’s a simple trick. If you pass the gate of the State Park you have to pay the entrance fee, but if you enter any other way, you don’t have to!” Another piece of Mr.Beloin’s bright wisdom.

Mt.Battie Trail is relatively easy. Comparing Emily Procter trail in Green Mountains… ah Emily Procter… Anyway, Mr.Beloin was right. It did give me the view along the way. Just fifteen minutes after I could see the whole of downtown Camden. But that wasn’t the end. The view got better. I needed the second wind, because the trail was little steeper than I expected, but it was worth it.

We followed Mt.Battie Trail to Tablelands Trail to Old Carriage Road. It was an easier hike than the trail I walked on in the Green Mountains or the White Mountains, but the view and fresh sea breeze were delightful.

I’m glad I didn’t skip Maine.

 

Steep one… in Camden Hills State Park Hiking Trail

The view with signs

 

Acadia National Park afar

 

Acadia National Park

Mt.Battie tower

 

The top of Camden Hills State Park

 

 

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Juno with Camden city view

Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

3 Comments

  1. Stephen says:

    I’m glad we didn’t skip Maine. This hike was great for the view of Camden and the coast. We just have to go back to Bigelow.

    • Juno says:

      Me too. And yes, we should go back to Bigelow in sunny day! I want to see the great view what everyone’s (not everyone, maybe just AMC but..) talking about.

  2. ChinaMatt says:

    I begged my parents for years to take our summer vacation to Acadia. It wasn’t until I was in grad school that my parents decided to go without me. Still have to make my way out there.

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