Hiking Up To The Cross
The trail to the summit is only 1 mile and affords scenic views of Megunticook Lake, the interior and coastal mountains with distant views of Penobscot Bay.
Access to this trailhead can be found off route 52 in Camden, however you may take longer hikes through various trails within the Camden Hills State Park trail system to reach Maiden Cliff.
The trail is not difficult yet steadily climbs upward through the woods over rocks and tree roots.
Over Some Rocks And Roots
Footbridge Over A Seasonal Stream
Along the way you will cross over a wooden footbridge. This time off year it is relatively dry however in the spring there is usually a steady flow of water rushing under the bridge.
Water Under Footbridge
Lots Of Tree Roots Along The Way
Plenty of exposed tree roots along this part of trail.
Half Way There
Halfway along this trail one of the other trails intersects. We stay on course to the cliff.
Continuing Along The Trail
A Westerly View
At the summit gazing at interior mountains and pristine Meguntiook Lake.
Distant views of Penobscot Bay and Islands to the south. The cross was erected some years after Elenora French fell off the cliff and died in 1864.
Osprey Flying Just Above Us
Incredible opportunity to see Osprey, Eagles and Turkey Vultures soaring just above, below, and at eye level.
Cedarholm Garden Bay Inn is on the oceanside and just 1 mile from the incredibly beautiful Camden Hills State Park. To download a trail map click here.