Rising high above the seaside town of Camden, Maine, is picturesque Mount Battie. In winter, the auto road to the top of the 800 foot summit is lined in a thick coating of snow. Bring a friend or two and bundle up – it’s a 3 mile up-and-down trek that’s sure to spur sweat and smiles.
Get ready: Camden Hills State Park is an hour-and-a-half north of Portland, Maine. The main entrance to the park is two miles north of Camden, a beautiful seaside town with shops and restaurants galore. Bring some cash to get in – Maine residents cost $4; visitors cost $6.
Get set: The entrance to the park is on the left side of US Route 1 (coming from Camden). Enter the park and then find a spot to park in the lot on the left. Don’t forget to pay your fee before heading up Mount Battie Road!
Go: The trek up Mount Battie is a winding paved road, leading 1.5 miles to the top. We took this route because it was winter and the road was closed to cars. With all the snow, it feels like a wide trail (and it’s much longer than the actual Mount Battie Summit Trail). You’ll make your way through thick swaths of pine trees, catching glimpses of the coastline to the northeast. When you reach the top, explore the stone tower. It was built in 1921 to honor the men and women who fought in World War I. Take in the 180 degree view over Penobscot Bay. Beautiful Camden is to your right (south). Acadia National Park is to your left. When you’ve soaked it all in, return the way you came.
Takeaway: Consider checking out the other trails in the park. There are miles to traverse across. The park shares many of the same qualities of Acadia, but it’s MUCH less crowded. There are also fabulous camping sites to take advantage of, if you’re in the area during spring/summer/fall and feel like staying awhile. Tie this hike (or trip) in with a delicious meal in Camden.