The legendary rocky coast and lobster dinners attract their fair share of visitors, but it’s the 32 state parks where you’ll truly discover the heart of Maine.

Whether it’s hiking, camping, or snowshoeing, these five state parks will definitely help you get your outdoor fix anytime of the year.

Hike a mountain at Baxter State Park

The northernmost terminus of the Applachian Trail, 46 mountain peaks, and 200 miles of trails, it seems like Baxter State Park was made for adventure enthusiasts. While the rigorous climb to Maine’s tallest peak, Mount Katahdin, is easily the biggest draw, there are several easier hikes throughout the park, as well. If you’re not an extreme snow-monger, plan a trip during the summer for stunning views and less slick footing.

Pitch a tent at Sebago Lake State Park 

A popular area for outdoor lovers looking for a little bit of everything, Sebago Lake State Park offers expansive landscapes teeming with wildlife. But be warned, if you want to camp at Sebago Lake State Park, start planning now, as pre-booking for spring and summer begins as early as February. Hikers, bikers and water lovers will adore all the activities in and around the lake, while families will have fun exploring the bogs, sandy beaches, and woodlands.

See the whole state at Camden Hills State Park

Want to capture the entire state of Maine in one shot? Camden Hills State Park’s sweeping views of the ocean, mountains and crown jewel of the coastline, Camden can all be found here. While photographers may be spellbound by the sights, you may be more impressed with the fun hike to the top of Mount Battie. Take advantage of the camping opportunities during summer to sleep along the coastline.  

Get seaside at Reid State Park

Maine is known for its rocky shore, which is exactly why you need to check out one of the few sandy beaches at Reid State Park. The shallow pools, amazing sand dunes and search for starfish, kelp and clams at the end of Little River will captivate the entire family. 

Snowshoe or bike around Aroostook State Park

Maine’s first state park has one of the quirkiest named mountains around. Home to 20-miles of mountain biking trails in the summer along Echo Lake and Quaggy Jo Mountain, winter sports enthusiasts will love the area, as well, for it’s magnificent cross country skiing and equally stunning 5-mile snowshoe path to the peak.