Here’s an impressive bucket list item: Trek the wild woods and hills that inspired Edna St. Vincent Millay to write, "The sky, I thought, is not so grand; I ‘most could touch it with my hand!"

That place where the sky hangs so low that you could almost touch it with your hand is at the top of Mt. Battie, located in modern-day Camden Hills State Park. As impressive as this stunning edifice of nature is, it’s only one of many amazing places to visit and experience at this state park in Maine.

Here are five activities that allow you to experience the park in all of its glory.

Horseback Riding


Any equestrians worth their saddles can’t say they’ve ridden until they’ve scaled the 811-foot Cameron Mountain Trail summit in this park. These trails encourage you to touch the skies above, especially when you explore them on horseback.

But if you feel like you might need to take it a little easier before riding to the sky's edge, then the park’s eight miles of multi-use trails should keep you busy during your Camden, Maine camping excursion.

If you already have your own horses, you can lodge them nearby at the Camden Hills Equine Inn for quick and easy access to Camden Hills State Park. You can even enlist the aid of a guide with them to help show you the best spots in the area.

Hiking and Trail Running


It’s not just the Camden Hills State Park camping reviews that will impress you. The trails themselves will too.

Ardent hikers and runners will find some amazing challenges along the more than 25 miles of multi-use trails. The park offers a variety of challenges, including rugged and rocky trails that will test even experienced adventurers.

One of the most popular and highest-reviewed trails in the state park is the Scenic Trail Cut-off and Maiden Cliff Trail. This 1.7-mile loop is rated moderate in difficulty, kid-friendly (albeit steep), and pets are allowed. The steep trail culminates in a spectacular view on top of exposed cliffs, allowing you to see Lake Megunticook and a beautiful mountain range.

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Cross Country Skiing


One of the best ways to experience Maine’s winter is by taking a cross-country skiing trek through the wooded trails of Camden Hills State Park. Here, the snow glitters like diamonds under the winter moon when you ski in the evening, and the snow-cooled breezes kiss your cheeks at noon.

Miles and miles of intersecting trails allow you to see the cloak of winter on the trees up close. Camden Hills State Park camping can be a great choice for cross-country skiing fans. They may want to nab a season pass to ensure they’ll never miss a snow day again.

Maine.gov is an incredible resource that shows the state park’s trail conditions, hours of operations, park rules, tours and programs, an event calendar, and more.

Tentrr at Camden Hills State Park
Tentrr at Camden Hills State Park

Camping


So, here’s the deal for all those who can’t decide between stints of cross-country skiing, an awesome afternoon of horseback riding or even a day spent browsing in the shops or art galleries in Camden city proper. We recommend that you don’t choose. Instead, we suggest that you extend your vacation camping in one of Maine's most beautiful spots.

Tentrr locations in this state park have everything you need to really camp in style. Tentrr's Camden Hills State Park camping site offers spacious tents, queen beds and more to make your adventure easy, even without camping gear of your own.

You can spend your days taking in all that the natural world has to offer and your nights sitting lazily by your own personal campfire and barbecue grill. You’ll wonder why you never went camping in Camden, Maine before. Camden Hills State Park camping reservations with Tentrr are a great way to secure spots in this Maine paradise for you and your group.

Photo: Michael Stokes

Photography


Have you ever wished that you could just sneak up on a camping experience and capture it in the palm of your hands? If you’re a photography buff spending time in one of Millay’s favorite spots, you can capture the beauty of this park and your camping experiences with your camera.

If you’re not sure where to start your shutterbug activities, then try taking Camden Hills State Park campsite photos. Photos of you and your group having fun in nature are great keepsakes for years to come.

For more epic shots, climb to the tippity top of the mountains and shoot panoramic photos of stunning Camden Harbor, the serene lakes, the lush, wooded hills and of course, the leaves as they turn from green to gold and red as fall descends upon Maine.

Few experiences are quite as magical as those that allow you to spend time in the woods, exploring all you can. From horseback rides to sessions of afternoon photography, who knows what adventures your Camden Hills State Park camping trip will entail.

When the time finally comes for you to camp under a new stretch of sky, Tentrr has great campsites nearby. We match you with a perfect, well-equipped private campsite to help you explore all that Camden Hills State Park camping has to offer.

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