Camden Hills - Maiden Cliff Network

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Trailhead

From Camden, travel north on US Route 1 to the intersection of US Route 1 and ME Route 52. Follow ME Route 52 north for approximately 2.8 miles. The parking area for Maiden Cliff will be on the right.

Description

The Maiden Cliff Trail (1 mile, moderate) offers an ascent to some spectacular views from cliffs that tower 800' over Megunticook Lake. The trail gradually follows a brook for the first half-mile, after which the path takes a somewhat steeper climb, culminating at a plateau. The trail traverses open ledges at the top of the cliff, leading to a notable destination, where a large steel cross commemorates Elenora French, who fell to her death here in 1862 at 11 years of age.

Continuing on from Maiden Cliff Trail to Scenic Trail (0.8 mile, moderate) will provide another ascent of 120' to Miller ledges that afford an expansive view of Ragged and Bald Mountains to the west of Camden as well as the entire expanse of Megunticook Lake.

From the ledges, hikers may choose to continue along the Ridge Trail headed into the interior of Camden Hills State Park or return via the Ridge Trail to the parking area and trailhead for Maiden Cliff.

Maiden Cliff, Scenic, and Ridge Trails combine to serve as one of the most popular hikes in the Camden Hills, further enhanced by a town-owned beach, picnic area and boat launch just across ME Route 52 from the trailhead.

Other Information

Please exercise caution on ledge and rock areas, especially in wet conditions.

In addition to hiking, biking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, Camden Hills allows opportunities for picnicking, horseback riding, snowmobiling, hunting and camping.

Firewood can transport invasive insects and diseases. Do not transport firewood. Please buy it locally and help protect our forests!

Trail Manager

Visit the Town of Camden online online for more information or Camden Hills State Park online for a printable map or contact:

Town of Camden
PO Box 1207
29 Elm Street
Camden, Maine 04843
Phone: (207) 236-3353
Fax: (207) 236-7956

Comments (3) Add Comment

avatar Dimmick08August 20, 2011, 2:20 pm EST

We were really looking forward to this hike, but I would call it moderate to difficult and it was too difficult for us! I have exercise induced asthma and partway up I was too winded to go any further. Our dog even wanted to lay down and rest! Maybe next year when we're in better shape!

avatar jaypJanuary 31, 2013, 2:58 am EST

Sorry, but Maiden Cliff was not named after an Indian maiden. In 1862 11 year old Elenora French fell to her death here. A cross was erected in her memory. See http://www.mainelybelfast.com/html/maidscliff.html

avatar MaineTrailFinderFebruary 3, 2013, 5:10 pm EST

Good Catch Jayp! You are absolutely right and we've corrected the description.

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View from Maiden Cliff ledges.
View from Maiden Cliff ledges.
Photo courtesy:Alex Fayvil

Visit Maiden Cliff for a short hike to overlooks of Megunticook Lake or utilize these town trails as a starting point to explore the extensive trail network of connected Camden Hills State Park. 

Quick Facts

Activity
  • Hiking / Walking
  • Snowshoeing
TownCamden
DifficultyModerate, Advanced
Length1.8 miles, Network
SurfaceRocks/Ledge, Dirt/Forest Floor
PetsPermitted
FeesYes
Other ActivitiesNone

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