National and State Parks

The number and variety of parks and sites in Maine that are maintained by the state and federal government are a feast for the eye and the mind. There is something for everyone. There are unparalleled scenic vistas. There are intimate nooks.

NATIONAL PARKS

Photo of Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

The National Park Website has such a large collection of  places to go and things to do that it’s hard to imagine. There are three sites maintained by the National Parks:

No visit to this part of Maine would be complete without a visit to Mt. Washington, in New Hampshire! http://www.nhstateparks.org/explore/state-parks/mount-washington-state-park.aspx

The National Park Website is chock full of detailed information about visiting these sites and and hundreds of other related sites in the state. Their interactive website is easy to use and enjoy. Have Fun! http://www.nps.gov/state/me/index.htm?program=all

STATE PARKS

Photo of Baxter State Park

Baxter State Park

Maine maintains 40 State Parks. This link is your entry into the Maine State Park website http://www.maine.gov/doc/parks/programs/

Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park is one of the most photographed mountains in the state, and rightfully so. http://www.baxterstateparkauthority.com/index.htm

A couple of connected and beautiful parks to visit are between Grafton Notch, Maine and Dixville Notch, New Hampshire  http://www.nhstateparks.org/explore/state-parks/dixville-notch-state-park.aspx  and  http://www.visitmaine.com/things-to-do/recreation-areas/grafton-notch-state-park/

The Maine ‘Find Parks & Lands’ page requires you to pre-set variables by your choices of things like facilities, activities and region, and will create a custom list of exactly the kind of places you want to visit. The first choice arrow brings up a list of all 40 state parks. Then you tailor it to your needs.  Very handy! http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/index.pl

LINKS TO LIKEMINDED GROUPS

The State Park Service has kindly added a page with links to a wide variety of other groups that share the intention to maintain and support the wild places and creatures in Maine  http://www.visitmaine.com/things-to-do/recreation-areas/state-parks/

GOOGLE MAP

Here, in one amazing Google Map, you can choose from categories such as ‘State Parks’, ‘Town Offices’ and ‘Ranger Offices’. A valuable resource http://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/gmaps/doc_map.pl