Maine Winter Hiking: 7 Trails & Hikes To Explore



If you’re ready for a new adventure, consider heading out to try the best winter hikes in Maine. Winter hiking is very different, but I promise the different scenery and less populated trails make it well worth it!

Maine Winter Hiking

Camden Hills State Park

Camden Hills State Park

Camden Hills State Park is one of the best and largest networks of hikes in the state of Maine. There’s a good amount of variety in the trails available, with a total of 8 different hikes ranging from .3 miles all the way to 2.5 miles.

In terms of difficulty, there are a couple of trails that are easy and perfect for beginners, while the majority of the trails are moderate. No matter what level of hiker you are, there is something for everyone at this state park.

At this location, there are plenty of activities going on during the winter. There will usually be people hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and camping.

Because these trails in Camden are so short and connected, this is the perfect place to go hiking during the winter. Find the trail below that best matches your desired hike and get out there to enjoy the colder weather and snow!

Trails:

  1. Megunticook Trail (1 mile, moderate)
  2. Adam’s Lockout Trail (0.3 miles, easy)
  3. The Ridge Trail (2.5 miles, moderate)
  4. Jack Williams Trail (1.6 miles, moderate)
  5. Slope Trail (1.5 miles, moderate)
  6. Zeke’s Trail (1.3 miles, moderate)
  7. Summer Bypass Trail (0.8 miles, easy)
  8. Multi-Use Trail

Distance: 9 miles

Difficulty: Easy, Moderate

Great Pond Trail

Great Pond Trail

The Great Pond Trail gives a good experience of walking through fields, forest, woodland, and even ends with a nice view of Great Pond. Most of this hike follows a boardwalk and only has a small amount of grade change.

Normally this trail goes over the wet marsh with a raised boardwalk, but during the winter can be walked over in different locations. The path doesn’t necessarily need to be followed during the winter months when the ground is harder and covered in snow.

Distance: 1.5 miles

Difficulty: Easy, Moderate

Forest City Trail

Forest City Trail

With 9 different trails, 5 school campuses, and 2 nature preserves, the 10-mile trail of Forest City is a perfect hike to try out in the winter. Enjoy a unique way to view Portland by following this one-way moderate hike that is well maintained by all users.

The hike can be started at the Stroudwater River Trail by entering near Blueberry Road on the South. After hiking for a short while you’ll come across the Fore River Sanctuary and a view of Portland’s only waterfall, Jewell Falls.

Distance: 10 miles

Difficulty: Moderate

Highland Farm Preserve

Highland Farm Preserve

The trails at Highland Farm are available and often used year-round for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing. At this preserve, you’ll find plenty of parking and a nice viewing platform to look out at the fields and Boulter Pond.

Just like many other popular hikes in Maine, there is a network of available trails that differ in length and difficulty. Because of surfaces like dirt, woodchips, and gravel, the area is nice to visit and explore when there’s some freshly groomed snow on the ground.

If you do visit make sure to note and follow the rules:

  • Remove all litter and follow the carry in, carry out policy
  • Dogs are allowed on the trails but must be leashed
  • The Maine hunting laws apply at this location
  • The trails are open year round from dawn all the way to dusk

Distance: 2 miles

Difficulty: Easy, Moderate

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