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Fairy Head
Bold Coast, ME

Mainers might say, “Ya can’t get theyah from heyah,” if you ask them about the Bold Coast. But they’re just trying to keep this gem a secret. It’s a two-hour drive beyond Acadia National Park, and the surefire solitude and craggy coastal scenery make the car time a no-brainer. You’ll hike cobblestone beaches, explore tide pools reached by log ladders built into bluffs, and get sea-cliff views from spots like Pulpit Rock. Pitch your tent at one of the three Fairy Head campsites—isolated, well-spaced sites perched on a promontory jutting into the Atlantic, roughly halfway through the 9.8-mile loop on the Inland and Coastal Trails. Wake up early for sunrise when red and yellow bands light the horizon. Late summer brings fewer bugs and ripe blueberries.

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Contact (207) 287-3821, maine.gov

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