Established in 1959, Lily Bay State Park was created primarily from woodland donated to the State by Scott Paper Company. Moosehead Lake is New England's largest lake, spanning 117 square miles. Moosehead offers clear, cool waters and relatively undeveloped shores which is very appealing to boaters, fisherman, and vacationers seeking a taste of the wilderness experience. The 925 acre park offers two distinct camping areas bordering the lake with 90 campsites, a sandy swimming beach, playground, two boat ramps, and 2.1 miles of hiking and cross-county ski trails.
Although many of the visitors come to the park to camp or boat, the trail system allows the hiker to escape the hustle and bustle of these areas and enjoy a relaxing,quiet stroll along the shores of Moosehead Lake. While hiking the trails, one can often see a variety of wildlife including fox, raccoon, squirrels, white-tailed deer, and moose.
The 1.3 mile Dunn Point Trail is a fairly flat, relatively easy hike along the shore. There are several interpretive signs along the trail providing the visitor with information on the various species of trees in the park. While hiking this trail take a minute to enjoy a soothing dip along a small beach in the lake while listening to the echoing calls of the loons floating in the waters. The trail passes through a mixed growth forest and is relatively flat which is used by cross-country skiers in the winter months.
The 0.8 mile Rowell Cove Trail provides the visitor with a destination to another part of the park. There are several places along the trail where one can sit on the shore of Moosehead Lake and enjoy the solitude while reflecting on the beauty of this special area. Both of these trails are family friendly with many plants, animals, and interesting geological formations along the way.
View BPL's map and guide for Lily Bay.
Please adhere to the Bureau of Parks and Lands carry in/carry out policy so that others may enjoy this special place. Use caution when swimming at the beach as there are no lifeguards on duty at the park. The park is open seasonally, May 15 to Columbus Day. Camping reservations are highly recommended during the summer season. Be aware of the black flies from late May to mid-June and proper precautions should be taken when in the park.
Please keeps all pets leashed when in the park and clean up after your pet.
Visit Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands online for more information and a printable map or contact:Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, Lily Bay State Park
From ME Routes 15/6 in the center of Greenville, head north 9 miles on the Lily Bay Road that follows Moosehead Lake's east shore to State Park Road (on left). The trailhead to both the Dunn Point and Rowell Cove trails is located next to the trailer service area. Parking is available at the shower station.
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