Parks & Places
Maine and New Brunswick have some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Below are just a few examples of the hidden gems you can find whether you are hiking, biking, boating or driving.
Downeast Maine Parks & Attractions
Acadia National Park
Birdsacre, Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary
Cobscook Bay State Park
Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land
Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land
Down East Sunrise Trail
Duck Lake Public Reserved Land
Fort O'Brien State Historic Site
Fort Point State Park
Great Heath Public Reserved Land
Holbrook Island Sanctuary
Lamoine State Park
Machias River Corridor
Quoddy Head State Park
Rocky Lake Public Reserved Land
Roque Bluffs State Park
Shackford Head State Park
New Brunswick Parks & Attractions
Anchorage Provincial Park
De La République Provincial Park
Herring Cove Provincial Park
Kings Landing Historical Settlement
Mactaquac Provincial Park
Mount Carleton Provincial Park
Murray Beach Provincial Park
New River Beach Provincial Park
Parlee Beach Provincial Park
Roosevelt-Campobello International Park
Sugarloaf Provincial Park
Village Historique Acadien
People have been drawn to the rugged coast of Maine throughout history. Awed by its beauty and diversity, early 20th-century visionaries donated the land that became Acadia National Park. The park is home to many plants and animals, and the tallest mountain on the U.S. Atlantic coast. Today visitors come to Acadia to hike granite peaks, bike historic carriage roads, or relax and enjoy the scenery.
Native American peoples have inhabited the land we now call Maine for 12,000 years. Today four distinct tribes—the Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot—are known collectively as the Wabanaki, or “People of the Dawnland.”
Mount Desert Island and Acadia National Park have remained in the center of Wabanaki traditional homelands for thousands of years. Long before Europeans arrived, the Wabanaki traveled here in seaworthy birchbark canoes. Setting up temporary camps near places like Somes Sound, they hunted, fished, gathered berries, harvested clams, and traded with other Wabanaki. Some called Mount Desert Island “Pemetic,” meaning “range of mountains.”
In the nineteenth century, Wabanaki people came to sell their handmade ash and birchbark baskets to wealthy travelers, and to harvest precious basket-making resources like sweetgrass. Summer tourists and summer residents alike were entertained by elaborate Wabanaki dance performances at venues such as Sieur de Monts and the town of Bar Harbor. Led by Wabanaki guides, canoe trips around Frenchman Bay and the Cranberry Islands were a convenient and pleasurable way for visitors to reach the outer islands.
The Anchorage Provincial Park on Grand Manan Island is made up of 100 campsites, and 4 Tent Cabins, resting beside a magnificent sandy beach just right for beach combing or sun bathing. The Anchorage also has two fresh water ponds used for fishing, swimming, kayaking, and birding. Be sure to come see our boardwalk & our bird blind trails made especially for those who love to spy on the birds, as it is a bird sanctuary. We have fair rates, WiFi, beautifully maintained grassy sites, friendly staff, and clean washrooms. We are dog friendly as long as your puppy is leashed. You can book on line https://parcsnbparks.ca/ or call us directly at (506) 662-7022
Charming and intimate, yet unassuming, a visit to Birdsacre is a unique and meaningful experience, perfect for children and adults, outdoors enthusiasts, bird lovers, and history buffs. Here you will hear the charming tales of a prominent family that bore a brilliant Pioneer Ornithologist, and be dazzled by hawks and owls set within a park-like sanctuary.
The 200 acre Stanwood Wildlife Sanctuary is a charitable, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the home and vision of pioneer, ornithologist-photographer CORDELIA J. STANWOOD, as a living memorial to her achievements in Ornithology and life.
The wildlife-rich waters of Cobscook Bay surround this 888-acre park on three sides, providing opportunities to watch birds and observe the ebb and flow of the region's impressive tides. Cobscook, the Maliseet-Passamaquoddy tribal word for "boiling tides," aptly describes this setting where the tidal range averages 24 feet and can reach 28 feet (compared to a 9-foot average tide along Maine's southernmost coast).
Cobscook Bay State Park is a great base for family camping and explorations in easternmost Maine. Many of the park's 106 campsites (both for tenting and RVs) border Whiting Bay, a sheltered inlet within the larger bay. The Park offers a boat launch for those with the experience to handle boating in challenging conditions (with rapids created by fast-moving tides).
Lamoine State Park is a nice 55 acre park for those who want to escape the crowds on Mount Desert Island. It has an oceanside setting with picnic and campsite areas, hot showers, a dock, boat access, a pebble beach and allows fishing. Since it is just north of the island on the Maine coast, there are great views of the northern side of the island and Cadillac Mountain. The nearby town of Ellsworth, known as the gateway to Downeast Maine, is the main commercial center.
The refuge's landscape is varied, with rolling hills, large ledge outcrops, streams, lakes, bogs, and marshes. A northern hardwood forest of aspen, maple, birch, spruce and fir dominates the upland. Scattered stands of majestic white pine are common. The Edmunds Division boasts several miles of rocky shoreline where tidal fluctuations of up to 24 feet occur twice a day.
This habitat diversity supports many wildlife species. The staff at Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) manages the land to protect the Service's ""trust resources"". which include migratory birds, endangered species, and wetlands. By improving habitat, the Service ensures that wildlife will thrive on the refuge.
Woodcock, ruffed grouse, moose, deer, and a variety of songbirds prosper only in a young forest. In the past, wildfires revitalized the forest, while farming maintained open areas. However, wildfire is a rare event today, and farmland acreage has decreased dramatically. Habitat management programs, including timber harvesting and controlled burning, mimic the effects of wildfire and farming by providing clearings an d early growth forests.
Quoddy Head State Park encompasses 541 acres at the tip of America's easternmost peninsula, offering opportunities to visit an historic lighthouse, picnic and hike up to 5 miles of scenic trails. From the candy-striped West Quoddy Head Light, Maine's easternmost lighthouse, visitors can look out over Quoddy Channel (which divides the U.S. and Canada) to the towering red cliffs of Grand Manan Island in New Brunswick.
Commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson, West Quoddy Head Light was first built in 1808. The present tower and house, which date back to 1858, were staffed by resident lightkeepers until 1988 when the U.S. Coast Guard automated the light.
The Park affords some of Maine's best wildlife-watching. Visitors in summer may spot humpback, minke and finback whales offshore, along with rafts of eider, scoter and old squaw ducks. Kittiwakes, gannets, black-bellied plovers, ruddy turnstones and purple sandpipers all can be seen at times roosting on Sail Rock. During spring and fall migration periods, hundreds of shorebirds congregate near the Park's western boundary at Lubec Flats and Carrying Place Cove (named for a canoe portage site that Native Americans used). Birding opportunities continue into winter, with sea ducks, murres, and razorbills offshore and frequent bald eagles.
Roosevelt Campobello International Park is a singular example of international cooperation - jointly administered, staffed, and funded by the peoples of Canada and the United States. Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt’s magnificent summer home is preserved here in a combination indoor museum and outdoor nature park on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada.
Plan to spend an hour touring the Visitor Centre, Roosevelt Cottage, and flower gardens. Spend several hours in the Park’s 1,134-hectare (2,800-acre) Natural Area, where you can explorewalking trails, beaches, bogs, forest, and spectacular ocean headlands - or enjoy a picnic with an ocean or lighthouse view.
Saint Croix Island is the site of Pierre Dugua's first attempt at settlement in North America, which led to the establishment of the permanent colonies of Acadie and New France. The site was declared a National Monument by the United States National Park Service on June 8, 1949 and an International Historic Site on September 25, 1984. In 1958, the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada recommended that Saint Croix Island be recognized for its national historic significance to Canada. The Canadian interpretation site, administered by Parks Canada, is located at Bayside, New Brunswick, near St. Andrews. It overlooks Saint Croix Island, located in the middle of the Saint Croix River.
The Hopewell Rocks are located on the shores of the Bay of Fundy at Hopewell Cape. This attraction is one of the Marine Wonders of the World, and is the site of some of the World’s Highest Tides.
Walk on the ocean floor in the shadows of the majestic flower-pot rocks, unique formations carved by erosion over thousands of years.
Experience tides rising up to 4-storeys high, making it possible to kayak, at high tide, over the same area you may have recently walked at low tide. To see the magnitude of the tides before you visit, check out this 360° video of The Hopewell Rocks.
This award-winning site offers an interpretive centre with a multi-media exhibit, a comprehensive interpretive program, a one-of-a-kind gift shop and a restaurant with a panoramic view of the Bay of Fundy.
Maine offers breathtaking mountains, magnificent seashores, and world renowned rivers – all part of a great diversity of natural and historic treasures managed by the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands. Plan your next outdoor adventure, camping experience, or trek through history with a visit to www.parksandlands.comwhere you will find searchable listings of parks, public lands, boat launches, and events. Among the many offerings in the Downeast & Acadia Region are: Quoddy Head State Park, Cutler Coast Public Lands, Fort O’Brien, and the Downeast Sunrise Trail.