State Parks: Find Camping, Hiking, Swimming & A Little History

Summer, Fall, Winter & Spring: Maine’s slogan is “the way life should be” for a reason, it’s a beautiful state and offers natives and visitors plenty of things to see and do. Maine also has some of the best state parks from places to hike, camp, enjoy the beach or a part of Maine history the state park system is extensive and well maintained. At Maine’s most southern tip stands Fort McClary State Park in Kittery and you thought Kittery only offered outlet shopping. This is clearly one of Maine’s most significant historic state parks with the original fort standing guard over 275 years ago. At the eastern most point of Maine located in Lubec is Quoddy Head State Park and it is beautiful! This part of Maine known as “downeast” is very unique and almost preserved to the way life was in Maine in days gone by. At the heart of Quoddy Head is the candy caned striped lighthouse known as the West Quoddy Head Light. The park offers some great hiking trails with high bluffs that over look the cold Atlantic and where at any given time visitors can spot whales in the distance. The northern tip of Maine boast several close by state parks with Aroostook State Park being the largest of them offering camping hiking, swimming and a gateway to the great north woods. All of Maine’s State Parks charge daily usage fees but, they are minimal and the parks are well maintained offering the basic needs for day and overnight visitors. Take a trip and discover one of the state parks in your area and find out why this is the way life should be.