Camden Hills State Park is the undisputed winner for the best place to snowshoe and hike during all seasons. You’ll find you can spend an hour or the entire day exploring their many networks of outstanding and well-maintained trails. A map of the park can be found at the main entrance kiosk, which is off of Route 1. If you’re a dog lover, this is a great place to bring your pooch for a great day of exercise.
1. Georges Highland Path/Camden Snowbowl
225 square mile watershed of Georges River extends from Liberty to Port Clyde, Maine. It includes streams, ponds, lakes, wetlands, farms, hills, mountains, blueberry barrens, and forests, as well as, a rich tidal estuary of salt marsh, clam flats, and productive fishing grounds. The 25 miles of hiking trails at different points of access lead you from easy to moderate hikes through lowland forests, river bogs, open meadows, along rushing streams, and over high ridges to the more strenuous climbing; the summits of Ragged and Bald Mountains. Ragged Mountain Preserve Trail is also open to snowshoeing. Hosmer Brook Trail: a 2 mile “lollipop” loop accessed from the Triple Chair base. Go up (to one side) of the Spinnaker alpine trail, and then into the woods, following Hosmer Brook. Snowshoers need a valid season pass or day ticket to use Alpine area trails, other than the approach to the Hosmer Brook Trail and the Kuller Trail. During normal Snow Bowl operating hours the Rental Shop has snowshoes for rent.
In addition to the hiking trails, there are also fat bike routes as well as canoe and kayak launch areas.
2. Tanglewood 4-H Camp
A great place for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Tanglewood is situated on the Duck Trap River in a beautiful, forested 940 acre section of the Camden Hills State Park in the town of Lincolnville. Trails are well maintained for single track skiing and snowshoeing and meander through the forest along brooks and streams.
Trail maps are available at the entrance. Follow Route 1 North, after you pass through Lincolnville Beach, turn Left on Ducktrap Road followed by a Right onto Tanglewood Rd.
3. Hidden Valley Nature Center
Ski, fat bike and snowshoe rentals are available at Hidden Valley; a beautiful conversation area. Try out Nordic skiing, fat tire biking, or snowshoeing while exploring the 25+ miles of groomed trails–break free of cabin fever!
No reservations are necessary. All participants are asked to stay masked during the rental transaction, and observe physical-distancing guidelines on the trails. The price for adult bikes and skis is $25/2hrs or $35/5hrs. Junior rates are $15, $20 and $40, respectively.
Snowshoes rentals for adult are $20/2hr, $30/5hrs, or overnight for $35 a night. Junior prices are $10, $15 and $20.