Best Hiking Trails near Searsport ME

Winter in Maine is a time for indoor projects, too much good food, and cozy afternoons by the fire. But when the sun starts shining more every day, and things begin to turn green, you’ll want to get outside! What better way to enjoy the outdoors than to find the best hiking trails near us in Searsport, ME.

Take advantage of the fresh air and sunshine and plan your getaway to the Captain Nickels Inn now! Everyone knows that exercise is good for you, but did you know that there are many health benefits from just walking outdoors? You can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and even lower rates of depression. Not only that, but with the calories that you burn, you won’t feel guilty about enjoying our amazing breakfast!

So, if you find the word hiking intimidating, just exchange it for a walk. Here are some fun and interesting walks.

Feet of two hikers on a gravel trail

Moosepoint State Park

Located right here in Searsport is Moosepoint State Park. There are several easy connecting trails that offer wonderful lookouts over the rocky shores of Penobscot Bay.

Fort Point State Park and the Fort Point Light House

This is a 120-acre park with more than a mile of rocky shores. There are a number of short trails that can be connected for a longer walk that varies from fields to forest to the shore. There is also a 200-foot pier where you can stop and watch for porpoises and seals or look up to see if you can spot an osprey or eagles.

Long Cove Headwaters Preserve

Long Cove Headwaters Preserve has two marked trails that are considered a little more challenging. The longest is a loop of about 2.5 miles. The preserve covers over 400 acres, with a combination of wetlands and upland habitats with plenty of opportunities for birding and wildlife siting.

Belfast Rails to Trails on the Passagassawaukeag

This 2.3-mile trail has some vintage railway cars at one end and working shipbuilders at the other end. You will generally find the trek on the Rails to Trails well-groomed and easy walking. If you are looking for some longer loops, the Stover and Stephenson Preserves are close by.

   Stover and Head of Tides Preserve

These two preserves have several miles of relatively easy trails that can be added to the Rails to Trails. There are bridges built over the bogs as you make your way through the wetlands.

    Stephenson Preserve

This preserve covers 8 acres, and the trail is a short (less than ½ mile loop) that can be steep, but you’ll be rewarded with a spectacular view of a waterfall.

Hills to Sea Trail 

The trails are said to be “easy to difficult” although most sections are easy to moderate.  The Frye Mountain section could be considered difficult because of the length and many elevations changes.  The Hills to Sea Trail winds its way to the coast through communities of Unity, Knox, Freedom, Montville, Morrill, Waldo and Belfast, linking with schools and farms along the way.

Down East Sunrise Trail

This 96-mile trail has a 9-mile section that begins in Washington Junction. You can go out and back for your desired hike and get a chance to see wildlife and wetlands.

Holbrook Island Sanctuary

The Sanctuary consists of several of old roads, paths, and animal trails with many diverse ecosystems including ocean shoreline, ponds, and meadows, and even a “mountain” that is an ancient volcano. A dozen easy connected trails will provide you with wonderful wildlife and bird viewing opportunities.

Sears Island

This island is one of the largest undeveloped islands on the eastern shore. Access is by a causeway and the island provides many trails, both inland and on the shoreline.

By now you must be excited to get outside! The Maine coast has so much to offer in every season of the year. Come and explore the amazing views that the best hikes near Searsport, ME have to offer! You will head home from your getaway at Captain Nickels Inn refreshed and energized. Don’t wait to book your stay.


Published: April 2022; Updated February 2024

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