As a family, we love to hike. One of our favorite hike’s that we take here locally in Camden is up the stunning “Maiden’s Cliff”, in Camden’s National Park. At 800 feet in height, it’s one of Camden’s top sightseeing attractions, most noted from the ground by the white cross at the lookout point.
A steep climb at first, the trail eventually levels out with breathtaking views and nice ocean breezes. The trail from start to finish is around a mile long, and will take approximately 45 to 60 minutes to complete one way.
If you’re curious about the white cross at the summit, it was put there by Joseph B. Steams, a local resident who wished to pay homage to Elenora French. Elenora was the victim of a fall from the cliffside. She died the day after the fall, believe or not, succumbing to internal injuries she had suffered. Elenora’s cross memorial has seen it’s share of wear and tear, having been replaced numerous times due to weather, and sadly even vandalism. It still stands tall to this day.
From the top of the Maiden’s Cliff hike, you get breathtaking panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean, Megunticook Lake, and the beautiful, lush and green Maine countryside. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can turn the mile long hike into an all day adventure, as the trail connects with two or three other routes that all end up back at the Summit.