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Maine Vacation Guide

L.L.Bean and Maine Huts and Trails.

Maine Huts & Trails (MHT) is a nonprofit organization that builds and maintains a year-round backcountry trail in the Carrabassett Valley and Flagstaff Lake region of western Maine. The 80 miles of backcountry trails can be used year round for hiking, paddling, Nordic skiing and snowshoeing-as well as biking and fishing in some sections. Four comfortable huts along the trail are available for overnight stays. [+ FULL STORY]

The great room at Stratton Hut. Fishing at Grand Falls. Mountain biking a Carrabassett Valley trail.
L.L.Bean and Appalachian Mountain Club.

The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) is the nation's oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization. The Club owns and manages 37,000 acres of forestland in Maine's 100-Mile Wilderness and operates traditional Maine sporting camps open to the public. Its newest sporting camp is called the Gorman Chairback Wilderness Lodge and Cabins, an authentic Maine sporting camp, originally built as a private camp in 1867. [+ FULL STORY]

Gorman Lodge and Cabins. Paddling on Long Pond Looking out at the pristine lake.
L.L.Bean and Friends of Acadia.

A vacation in Maine isn't complete without a visit to Acadia National Park. It offers the chance to greet the first rays of sunlight to reach the US on the summit of Mount Cadillac, enjoy drives along the coastline loop and explore 45 miles of trails. Kayaking and canoeing are also popular activities and two beaches offer salt- or fresh-water swimming. Acadia is one of the most popular National Parks, drawing over two million visitors each year. [+ FULL STORY]

Acadia National Park combines mountains and shoreline. L.L.Bean supported Island Explorer Bus system. Friends of Acadia, the park with one scenic view after another.

Discover the Best of Maine

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Nothing beats local knowledge when you want to have an authentic Maine outdoor experience. Here are a few more of our conservation partners that offer recreation areas and programs for the whole family.

Bicycle Coalition of Maine L.L.Bean and Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

Dedicated to making Maine a better place to bicycle, this organization has a full calendar of bike events, from casual weekly rides and bike swaps to weeklong, fully supported excursions. L.L.Bean has supported BCM since its formation in 1992. L.L.Bean sponsors BikeMaine, Women's Ride, the Lobster Ride and Roll and the BikeMaine Event Calendar.

BikeMaine 2014 is a truly special opportunity to spend a September week pedaling along rushing rivers, tranquil lakes and Maine's coastline. Riders will average 58 miles per day with optional 15-mile loops available. Riders will see Maine, its people, places, culture and food, up-close and personal.

A cyclist enjoys the reward of a breathtaking view.
One of many of the trails supported by Freeport Conservation Trust.

Freeport Conservation Trust L.L.Bean and Freeport Conservation Trust.

Since 1977, the Trust has partnered with landowners, neighbors, local businesses and the Town of Freeport to conserve and connect more than 1,500 acres of open space and nearly 20 miles of public trails. Join them for a guided walk or ramble on your own.

Maine Audubon L.L.Bean and Maine Audubon.

Get outside, meet fellow nature lovers and discover the unique wildlife of our state – Maine Audubon offers a wide range of events and programs including day camps, week-long camps, pre-school programs and naturalist-led walks.

Bird watching from a canoe with Maine Audubon.
One of many Maine Island Trail Association trails.

The Maine Island Trail L.L.Bean and Maine Island Trail Association.

Established by the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA), the waterway spans over 200 islands and coastal sites along the 375 miles of Maine's spectacular coastline. The Trail is most often traveled by kayak, sailboat, and powerboat. All island and coastal sites are open to day trips, and many provide space for overnight camping. Campsites are on a first-come basis for MITA members, free of charge.

Northern Forest Canoe Trail L.L.Bean and The Northern Forest Canoe Trail.

The Northern Forest Canoe Trail extends 740 miles across the rivers, streams, and lakes of New York, Vermont, Qubec, New Hampshire and Maine. The nation's longest paddling trail can be explored by kayak or canoe and is suitable for day trips or longer excursions. The organization offers maps, guidebooks, online tools and fun events to get you out on the water.

Enjoy 740 miles of rivers, streams, and lakes through New York, Vermont, Qubec, New Hampshire and Maine.
Hikers on one of many Portland, Maine trails.

Portland Trails L.L.Bean and Portland Trails Land trust.

Urban nature may seem like an oxymoron, but that's exactly what Portland Trails land trust has established and maintains in and around Maine's largest city. The 50-mile trail network offers public green space for hiking, biking, bird watching, cross-country skiing, picnics and more.

Rippleffect L.L.Bean and Rippleffect.

This community-based youth development organization offers camps, retreats, treks and more, specializing in adventure and wilderness experiences. Kids 8-14 can learn about the environment, develop leadership and creativity while exploring, camping and kayaking.

Kids 8-14 kayaking with Rippleffect.
A camper enjoys one of a wide variety of programs for kids 7-17.

University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond L.L.Bean and University of Maine 4-H Camp and Learning Center at Bryant Pond.

This unique summer camp and learning center located on Lake Christopher, near Bethel, Maine offers a wide variety of programs for kids 7-17. Campers can choose to explore woodscraft, shooting sports, fishing, paddling, primitive skills, gardening, arts & nature, leadership development and more.

Wolfe's Neck Farm L.L.Bean and Wolfe's Neck Farm.

Make your vacation extra special by staying at a working saltwater farm. It's located just 4.5 miles from downtown Freeport, Maine. Settle into an oceanfront cottage or camp out on one of 130 wooded campsites, spread out on more than a mile of Casco Bay shoreline. Summer Weekend Family Barnyard Programs welcome visitors into the barn and pastures to learn about the resident animals and the farm's sustainable agriculture programs.

Camping at Wolfe's Neck Farms.

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