Knox County High Point Trip Report

Date: November 2000
Author: Denis Hanson

Mt Megunticook is the highest of the Camden Hills. Most of the higher hills are within Camden Hills State Park. Drive a mile N from downtown Camden till you reach the entrance to the state park. Pay your $2 and drive 0.25 mile up the Mt Battie toll road until you reach the hiker's parking lot.

From the parking lot, head up the Nature Trail, skipping from rock to rock to avoid the mud pools. After 0.1 mile, go right at the trail junction. After 0.3 mile you reach the Mt. Megunticook Trail. Turn left and follow it for about 0.8 mile until you reach the open ledges of Ocean Lookout. There are extensive views up and down the coast. From Ocean Lookout, follow the Mt Megunticook Trail through a nice coastal conifer forest for 0.5 mile to the summit.

Retrace your steps back to Ocean Lookout, then head SE on the Tableland Trail as it drops steeply off the mountain. After 0.8 mi. the Nature Trail branches off to the left. Follow it for 0.9 mile back to the parking lot. Total loop is 3.9 miles with 1100' of gain.

Mount Megunticook at 1385' is the "second highest point on the US Atlantic seaboard." This means you get good views of the coastline. Camden is the home of many windjammers and they are often visible out in Penobscot Bay. Since you paid the $2 to get in, remember to drive to the top of Mt Battie for more great views, especially of Camden harbor.