Are you looking for a place to go hiking this summer? If so, you may want to think about planning a trip to Maine's Greater Portland and Casco Bay Region. In my opinion, there are several hiking spots worth exploring in the area. Here's a quick look at each one:
Pineland Public Reserved Land
Pineland Public Reserved Land is located in Cumberland County. It features slightly over 3 miles of trails. In my opinion, it is an ideal place to enjoy a leisurely hike through forested land. The only downside is that the trails can be a bit hard to follow in spots. Casual hikers may want to consider taking the 1.5 mile long South Loop instead of the 1.7 mile long North Loop Trail. Park highlights include views of the Royal River, blackgum tupelo trees and red squirrels. The blackgum tupelo trees are known to attract birds and the red squirrels are often spotted in the early morning.
Mackworth Island is located in Cumberland County. It features a 1.5 mile long, looped trail that circles the island. As such, hikers are apt to catch great views of Portland, Casco Bay and the Calendar Islands. The trail also offers an opportunity to examine interesting flora. Other park highlights include a fairy village, a pet cemetery and ample wildlife watching opportunities.
Eagle Island State Historic Site
Eagle Island State Historic Site is located in Cumberland County. It features 1.4 miles of summer hiking trails that are ideal for bird watchers, gardeners, shutter bugs and history buffs. I'd suggest that history buffs take the Admiral's Way Trail. Bird watchers may prefer the Great Horned Owl Path instead. Park highlights include interesting rock formations and beautiful pink beach roses. They smell and look amazing. I should also mention that the site is only accessible by boat. Hence, hikers should plan on bringing ample potable water with them as well.
Bradbury Mountain State Park
Bradbury Mountain State Park is located in Cumberland County. It features more than 20 miles of multi-use trails. Hikers may want to consider sticking to the northern side of the mountain. I'd recommend that seasoned trekkers consider taking the 1.5 mile long Boundary Trail. It is a rocky trail that offers a workout and access to a vernal pool. The 0.3 mile long Summit Trail is also worth considering if you want to break a sweat. Additional park highlights include stellar summit views, bird watching opportunities and a chance to enjoy amazing wildflowers.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys summer sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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