Hike & Camp

Dewdrops clung to the tent, glistening in the morning sun. In the surrounding forest, black-capped chickadees woke, shook off the cold September night, and sang as the sun rose above the glassy surface of Donnell Pond.

Leaving wilted air mattresses and crumpled sleeping bags behind, two campers emerged from their tent and rejoiced at the blue sky. Without cellphone reception, they had no way of knowing the weather report, but it looked like a good day for hiking.

After a quick breakfast of granola and fresh blackberries, they shouldered their day packs and left Schoodic Beach to scale the nearby Black Mountain. Maybe they’d even hike over to Caribou Mountain before returning to the campsite for a swim in the pond. At the tail end of summer, the water was at its warmest.

For many Mainers, late summer and early fall is the ultimate time for outdoor adventures. Blackflies, mosquitoes and deer flies are, for the most part, gone. The cool nights are great for sitting around the campfire, and the majority of summer tourists are gone.

The following are three great spots within an hour or so of Bangor where you can combine hiking and camping for a memorable outdoor adventure.

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