Ovens Mouth Preserve is the perfect hike for new hikers, kid hikers, or anyone who wants to get into the woods for couple hours (with a lunch stop at a perfectly placed bench overlooking the water) for a leisurely and supremely scenic hike.
Dodge Point has 6.1 miles of trails and they're all lovely. (But come on, that Shore Trail, with its pine needle floor and that view of the Damariscotta River, is just perfect.)
Enjoy a short hike up Douglas Mountain and climb up the stone tower at the summit to enjoy views of the Maine Lakes Region - and maybe act out some dragon-slaying castle-saving fantasies.
The 1-mile trail begins in the woods before the boardwalk begins, winding its way through the trees until the views open up in the bog and the boardwalk can shoot out straight ahead. It's mostly flat the whole way, making this trek an easy walk/hike for folks who want to take in the Maine outdoors in leisurely fashion.
You know who loves winter walks in the snow? The goats at Ten Apple Farm in Gray. And you're welcome to join them during their afternoon meandering in the woods during a Goat Hike.
Situated on the edge of the Bangor City Forest, the Orono Bog features a one-mile boardwalk loop trail that begins in forest and then strikes out over the peatland.
Woods are good. Water views are wonderful. Toss in a fairy house village and you've got yourself a fine hiking adventure. The Cliff Trail in Harpswell is a splendid 2.3-mile loop that runs along Strawberry Creek on one side and has stunning views of Long Reach from 150-foot cliffs on the other side. (With a scenic, roosty hike in between.)
This family-focused park off Cotton Road has seven miles of easy-going trails, as well as two regulation softball diamonds, picnic areas, and swimming ponds. But the neatest thing at Beaver Park, in my pull-up-fantasizing opinion, is the one-mile fitness trail, complete with 70s-era workout stations.
Hawk Mountain is a short and moderate hike in Waterford. The views are outstanding, especially given how relatively easy it is to get to the summit.