My Maine Top 10 ~ #5 The Mountains

Series Introduction:  After years of giving recommendations to friends visiting my home state of Maine, I decided to spend a little time compiling my favorites here. My Top 10. Some places are directly on the beaten path, others are not. I try to include something for every traveller but if you’re going to Maine, expect a lot of the great outdoors. If you must shop, do it at local stores and support Maine’s eclectic entrepreneurs.

I love Maine and the people who live there. All of the places I’m listing in the Top 10 I would recommend to my friends and family. If you have additional recommendations, please leave a note in the comments. I’d love to share as much of this great state as possible. Cheers! ~ Hannele

#10: Moosehead Lake Region (previously blogged)

#9: The Southern Beaches: Kennebunk & Ogunquit (previously blogged)

#8: Baxter State Park (previously blogged)

# 7 Reid State Park (previously blogged)

# 6 Portland (previously blogged)

Today we’re all about #5 ~ The Mountains

View from the Robbins Hill picnic area along the Old Canada Scenic Byway

The western regions of Maine boast peaks from several mountain ranges including, the Appalachian and White Mountains. This, in turn, makes for some of the best skiing/hiking areas along the east coast. Skiers and snowboarders: you can’t go wrong with a visit to Sugarloaf (my personal favorite) or Sunday River ski resorts, both offer outdoor activities year-round. Beginner skiers/boarders may also like the less intense, but super fun Mt. Abram or Saddleback Mountain resorts as well.

Skiing at Sugarloaf Mountain

Looking for a great hike? You’re in luck, there are lots of amazing hikes in this region. The Appalachian trail traverses this area and some say, the section through Mahoosuc Notch is the 2,179-mile trail’s toughest. There are also delightful trails that aren’t as challenging. Some of my favorites are Step Falls in the Mahoosuc Land Trust, Moose Cave in Grafton Notch State Park, Moxie Falls in The Forks and Bigelow Mountain in Franklin/Somerset counties.  The Maine Trail Finder is a great resource for hiking, mountain biking, paddling and snowshoeing/cross country skiing trails across the state.

Trail to Moose Cave

Step Falls, Mahoosuc Land Trust

Grafton Notch State Park


If skiing and hiking aren’t your cup of tea, you can also swim, kayak, fish, search for Maine gems, mountain bike, snowshoe, camp, and pretty much anything else that lets you enjoy the natural wonders located here. While most of the summer crowds are along the coast, western Maine is a great spot to take in the fresh, pine-scented air and enjoy the great outdoors. For a different type of outdoor experience, try the Maine Huts & Trails system.

Maine’s mountain region is also very popular for Leaf Peepers during late September and early October. Book your accommodations early and plan to take leisurely drives and hikes throughout this colorful region.

Maine’s thick forests are perfect for fall foliage viewing.


Extra Credit:  If you long for the open road, take a drive on the Old Canada Scenic Byway, in autumn it’s especially beautiful. Be sure to take a detour to visit the frescoes at the South Solon Meetinghouse. The Meetinghouse was painted floor to ceiling in the 1950’s by students at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. It’s wicked cool and unexpected, see:

South Solon Meeting House frescos


Disclaimer: The recommendations I give in this post are personal, I’m not receiving any kick back from mentioning them. 

Have you been to this are and have an inside scoop? Share your suggestions in the comments section!


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Sue Great choice for a top 10 pick. I’d also add Smalls Falls in Rangeley.

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