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Welcome to Tentrr at Maine's Camden Hills State Park

Sitting high upon Mt Battie, Camden Hills State Park is dedicated to sweeping vistas and scenic overlooks. Right on the harbor of Penobscot Bay, camping at Camden Hill will give you long beautiful looks at the town of Camden, the gorgeous sea, and the islands in the distance. When the sky is clear you can see all the way to Cadillac Mountain at Acadia National Park. And inside the state park, if you want to hike one of the famed Camden Hills, try the moderate climb up Mt. Megunticook--the highest peak on the mainland.

Camping in Camden Hills gives you close access the the charming seaside town of Camden, with quaint shops, good restaurants with all the seafood you could want, and a working harbor. From Camden, adventurous campers can get out on the water and go whale watching, or merely see the many puffins that swarm the harbor.

Camden Hills State Park, with 107 campsites, has summer hours between May and October, but it’s also open to the campers who are looking for more rustic camping in the winter. With both cross country skiing as well as rustic back country-style downhill skiing, Snowshoeing the many trails is also allowed, but you’re warmed to bundle up and be prepared for winter weather.

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What to do at Camden Hills State Park

During the summer, all of the hills in Camden Hills make for great hiking, and there are many trails throughout the part that range in difficulty from easy to moderate. The Megunticook Trail offers one of the best views in the park, and it’s only a one mile, moderate hike. It climbs 1000 feet, but from the ledges at Ocean Lookout you can look down on the summit of Mt. Battie, as well as the whole of Penobscot Bay and Monhegan Island. Turning west, on a clear day you can see Mount Washington.

If you’re lucky, while camping you just might spot one of the few Black Bears that inhabit the Camden Hills, but most of the time the small population stays well hidden from view. You’re more likely to see white-tailed deer. Down by the water’s edge there are harbor seals, and red foxes like to run through the campsite. Because of the nearby Beech Hill Preserve, there is a wide variety of birds roundabout as well. Birdwatchers will love the Atlantic puffins who are very frequent guests, but Camden Hills State Park has its own little batch of Peregrine Falcons for the eagle-eyed and lucky birder.

There is nothing raucous or overly adventurous about camping in Camden Hills State Park; instead, it is a subdued and gentle park, with relatively accessible hikes to serene overlooks and moments to sit and contemplate. Even going into Camden itself is a relaxing affair where you’re fitting into a community that is friendly enough to be welcoming, but small enough that it hasn’t lost its identity and become a tourist trap.

For relaxation and respite from a weary world, Camden Hills State Park is a perfect choice.

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