Maine Hiking and Outdoor Sports Travel: Enjoy Your Wilderness Experience From The Mountains To The Sea
I caught the travel bug years ago and have been on the move ever since. I absolutely adore my European vacations, but there are some amazing getaway close to home that deserve some recognition as well.
Taking an amazing trip doesn’t always mean that you have to board a plane and travel halfway across the world. There are some pretty impressive destinations right here in the Northeast, like the beautiful state of Maine.
I can’t say enough about Maine, and everything the beautiful state has to offer. The nature, wildlife, and scenery in Maine can not be rivaled.
Recently, I have begun to really enjoy Hiking , not only is it beneficial to your health, but I love the idea of getting close to nature again and taking time away from our busy lives to unplug. That’s why taking a trip to Maine is on my bucketlist, and I will be making it a reality as soon as possible.
I was checking out some hiking destinations online, and it seemed like everywhere I searched, hikers raved about the trails and mountains in Maine. Maine hiking options are limitless and the path you choose will always be the right one. Whether you want to hike through the mountains, along the sea coast, or through the forest, Maine has it ALL. And, there are literally thousands of miles of trails, so you can take a short day hike, or hit the rails for weeks, it’s totally up to you!
I have made it a personal goal of mine to complete the Moose Pinnacle Pursuit. If you’re an avid hiker than surely you have heard of it. The Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit challenges hikers to climb to the tops of 6 of Maine’s most majestic mountains: Mount Kineo, Number Four Mountain, Whitecap Mountain, Eagle Rock, Big Moose Mountain, and Borestone Mountain. When you reach the tops, the panoramic Moosehead lake views promise to breathtaking and make the hike well worth it.
Mount Kineo sounds like it will be a little difficult with its 763-foot sheer cliff. But, it’s well worth it because Mount Kineo is also home to one of the world’s largest masses of rhyolite, a light-colored volcanic rock found in select spots throughout the state.
The official Moose Pinnacle Pursuit website has helpful maps for each mountain and detailed trail guides. They also have a beautiful photo gallery that has me itching to hit the trails at Moosehead, and the site also has detailed information on each mountain and directions to them.
I am already planning my trip to Greenville, Maine in the Spring – the largest city in the Moosehead Lake region. The lake itself is massive, at 40 miles long and 20 miles wide, and is surrounded by multiple cities and towns. The list of cozy inns and B&B’s are endless – and I still haven’t settled on a final decision.
A lot of the hikers taking the Moosehead Pinnacle Pursuit and hiking challenge actually camp out at local campgrounds or even rent a cabin near the mountain, but I’m not quite that adventurous yet. However, if camping is your thing, then Maine is certainly the right place for you!
Sure, I am going to Maine for the hiking experience, but that’s not all that the beautiful state has to offer. If you love the outdoors and Outdoor Adventure, then you have to consider travelling to Maine for your next trip. The Moosehead Lake is named after moose of course, and is packed full of the massive mammals. In fact, when you are visiting Moosehead, you can even take a moose safari with a guide and spot the beautiful animals in their natural habitat.
Sadly, my husband isn’t as excited about hiking as I am, but he’s still pretty excited about our upcoming Maine trip and is already planning which one of his fishing poles he will bring along. Fishing and boating are of course very popular in the Moosehead Lake Region. And, during the Winter you can even go ice-fishing or skiing as well.
Some of our greatest trips and vacations have actually turned out to be right in our backyard! Before you spend an arm and a leg taking a cruise or flying to Europe, consider something a little close to home like Maine, which has so much to offer! And, if you’re an avid hiker or even just a beginner like myself, you are doing yourself a disservice by not planning a trip to the Moosehead Lake region.
Photo credit: Cait Bourgault Photography