Blue Hill Mountain

Down East

Just north of town, Blue Hill's eponymous mountain may top out at only 934ft, but it offers a stunning vantage point over the peninsula, namely because it's the tallest rise for miles around. Several well-marked trails lead up to the summit, including the moderate Osgood Trail (0.9 miles) and the Hayes Trail (0.8 miles) – a slightly more challenging climb that begins in an open field. Both trailheads are found along Mountain Rd, and traverse woods before reaching the summit.

There are a few signposts along the trail, though you can also pick up a map from Blue Hill Heritage Trust (or download one on their website).

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Down East attractions

1. Blue Hill Public Library

1.55 MILES

A much-loved gathering place in Blue Hill, the library has changing art exhibitions and hosts story times and hands-on activities for kids. From late June…

2. Castine Historical Society

10.7 MILES

Overlooking the leafy town common, the Castine Historical Society hosts temporary exhibitions throughout the year, often with thought-provoking themes. A…

3. Town Common

10.71 MILES

One of the prettiest town commons in Maine, Castine's grassy quadrangle dates back to the early 19th century and is framed by an architectural showcase of…

4. John Perkins House

10.85 MILES

Dating from the 18th century, this two-story Colonial home was one of the first houses built in Castine (a forested wilderness at the time). Guided tours…

5. Wilson Museum

10.89 MILES

On the waterfront, about half a mile west of the town dock, the Wilson Museum houses an exquisite collection of fossils as well as global artifacts made…

6. Witherle Woods

11.53 MILES

Occupying 185 acres of forest and coastline along the Castine Peninsula, the Witherle Woods are part of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust. They contain a…

7. Penobscot Narrows Bridge & Observatory

13.66 MILES

Acrophobes, look away. At the photogenic Penobscot Narrows Bridge, a narrow, 420ft granite tower (taller than the Statue of Liberty) contains a lookout…

8. Sears Island

14.57 MILES

You can (and should) explore Sears Island on foot. This uninhabited, 940-acre conservation area is connected by causeway to the mainland north of…