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Parks and nature in Hancock County

Top parks

National Park
“Beautiful ocean views and hiking trails. About an hour away from the cottage.”
  • 157 locals recommend
Park
“View this Fort from the Bucksport waterfront about 20 minutes south of the Cottage. Drive across the Penobscot Narrows Bridge and go visit the Fort for a great tour of history. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Park
“Holbrook Island Sanctuary is a publicly owned nature preserve with recreational features occupying 1,345 acres on Penobscot Bay in the town of Brooksville, Hancock County, Maine. The site includes upland forest and meadows, wetland marshes and ponds, and rocky mainland shores in addition to off-shore Holbrook Island.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Forest
“Bangor City Forest is a nice place to go for a hike. I would highly recommend the bog boardwalk!”
  • 12 locals recommend
Park
“Acadia away from the crowds. Beautiful views of Maine's "Bold Coast". Looks across Frenchman's Bay to Mount Desert Island and Cadillac Mountain. If you don't mind driving, this is a beautiful, peaceful place to visit.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Beach
“Large beach on the ocean, and at the beginning of Ocean Drive So many hiking trails and beautiful views!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Waterfront
“Just across the Penobscot River from Orrington is the Bangor Waterfront. A nice place for a walk along the river and you can sometimes catch a concert in the open air concert venue or a car show in the parking lots. There is always something going on at the Bangor Waterfront. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Park
“Thuya Garden is a gorgeous flowering garden located on a granite hillside overlooking Northeast Harbor on Mount Desert Island, Maine. It was originally designed and built in 1956 - 1961 by Charles K. Savage, a long-time resident of Northeast Harbor, along with financial support from John D. Rockefeller. The garden exhibits an English style influence with special input from Beatrix Farrand so that it will incorporate the unique character of the Maine coast. A variety of annuals and perennials line the two long sides of the garden. An open observation pavilion sits at the top of a slight incline on the north end overlooking the main garden that cascades down to a shallow reflecting pool below. Thuya Lodge was constructed from 1912 - 1916 by summer resident Joseph H. Curtis, its owner and Boston based landscape architect. The garden was constructed in an orchard also owned by Curtis. A memorial in his honor is located part way up the Asticou Terrace Trail. Thuya got its name from the abundance of white cedar (Thuya Occidentalis) located in the area.”
  • 7 locals recommend

Beaches

Beach
“Large beach on the ocean, and at the beginning of Ocean Drive So many hiking trails and beautiful views!”
  • 13 locals recommend
State / Provincial Park
“Lamoine State Park is a public recreational park located on 55 acres along Frenchman Bay. The Park hosts picnic and campsite areas, hot showers, a dock, boat access, a pebble beach, and it allows fishing. It's a perfect place to kayak and has wonderful views of Acadia and Bar Harbor. Since it's close to, but not AT Bar Harbor or Acadia, it's usually pretty quiet, which makes it perfect for some low-anxiety beach time. :)”
  • 6 locals recommend
Beach
“This is a an alternate to Sand Beach which a lot of visitors don't know about. It has an outside shower and restrooms in the parking area accross the street. It's free, more accesable and better for small children than Sand Beach there are no steps and the water is shallow with no wave action. There's a short path through the park from the restrooms which will take you to Seal Harbor where you can get a sandwich or a drink.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Beach
  • 1 local recommends
Beach
“Nice sand beach, less people earlier in the day. Beautiful lake, boat launch, 10 minutes. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Beach
“If you want a place to explore the salt water and cool off in the summer, this is the place. Very cold Maine sea water but a fantastic sand beach for swimming, digging through the seaweed, finding crabs, building sandcastles, and salt water sunbathing. Never crowded. ”
  • 1 local recommends

Trails

National Park
“Beautiful ocean views and hiking trails. About an hour away from the cottage.”
  • 157 locals recommend
Mountain
“Prime spot for incredible views of Frenchman’s Bay- fabulous drive up the mountain- hiking trails all around. ”
  • 25 locals recommend
Trail
“Blue Hill is so named after Blue Hill Mountain which has wild blueberries growing on it. It also has several hiking trails, all family friendly and maintained. A great place to do some light hiking and enjoy nature and the gorgeous views from the top.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Trail
“Jordan Pond House: If you are going in to Acadia or anywhere on MDI and you want to have lunch or afternoon tea and popovers at Jordan Pond House, with stunning views, make sure you make reservations in advance. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Trail
“This is one of my favorite place on the island. At low tide, it is expansive, with thousands of exposed rocks and hundreds of tide pools to explore.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Trail
“Go for a hike into Witherlee Woods, Battle Ave. Beautiful pine trees and lovely view at the end of your hike!”
  • 5 locals recommend
Trail
“A nice, moderate difficulty, hike to a lookout near the top of Blue Hill Mountain. A beautiful panoramic view of Penobscot Bay from the Camden Hills on your right to Mount Desert Island on your left. Great for a picnic, or just a pleasant way to spend a morning or afternoon. Hike should take 1-2 hours depending on how much of a hurry you are in.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Trail
“A beautiful 1/2 mile path along the shore. It starts at the pier and ends at Wayman Lane. You can walk up Wayman Lane to get back to Main Street.”
  • 4 locals recommend