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Camden to Belfast Maine

A Camden lady says, “Since you are on a budget, you should park here on this road for free, and hike the Camden Hills State Park. You can avoid the normal tourists entry point where a fee is charged, that’s what all the locals do. This will take you to one of the best three mile round trip hikes in the park. You will get great ocean and lake views from Maiden Cliffs. It is strenuous though.”

picture at top of Maiden Cliff hike in Camden Hills Maine

Above: Picture overlooking Lake Megunticook at the top of the Maiden Cliff hiking trail at Camden Hills State Park. From this 800 foot viewpoint, you can see the beautiful countryside and the Atlantic Ocean.

She’s right on all accounts. We only see three other people and two dogs on this very steep, rocky, climb like tromp up the bluffs, over the hills, and to the top of a small mountain. We make it back to the van in three hours or so, happy, calm, and very tired. My feet throb. Kelly’s legs shake. The van is warm. The sky is blue. We’re off!

  bouffant ducks in camden maine picture

kelly on top at camden hills state park in Maine

Above: My adorable wife practicing her selfies on top of Camden Hills.

Next we patronize the Belfast YMCA for shower time, then the retail stores, galleries, and food tasting joints downtown. Then we visit a local pizza shop just to look at the menu. Wow! They are selling burgers for two dollars and fifty-five cents and foot long subs for five bucks.

double hand carved wood chairs in belfast maine

Above: For sale on the street in Belfast.

picture of town from marina dock in Camden

Above: Picture looking towards town from the marina in Camden.

Above: Picture of our view while eating on the roof deck at Camden Deli. You can see Camden Falls flowing into the Megunticook River and the Atlantic Ocean past the boats in the marina. See the boy on the rocks below. Our vantage point is from the restaurant balcony.

camden maine sailboat at dock

Above: Picture of Main Street and High Street in Belfast Maine.

We spend the night in Ellsworth, planning to visit Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park tomorrow.

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