Tag Archives: Lake Megunticook

Hiking in Camden – Maiden’s Cliff

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. Maidens cliff 015

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.

We hope you enjoy, and take lots of pictures! Maidens cliff 029

 

Take a Hike!

Looking for a unique outdoor experience? Want to spend a few hours enjoying the natural beauty of the Camden-Rockport-Lincolnville area? The Land Trust has created a brochure that offers self-guided tours to three of our most popular and scenic preserves: Bald Mountain Preserve, Fernalds Neck Preserve, and Beech Hill Preserve. The Camden Hills have much to offer: scenic vistas, unforgettable picnic spots, bird- and wildlife-watching opportunities, and much more! Take some time to really experience the spectacular landscape and wildlife of this area by exploring it from the ground up.  Ttake a picnic lunch provided by the Blue Harbor House  in our special picnic backpack, and explore  the rugged beauty of Maine’s Mid Coast.

IMAG0228