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Hikes for Kids near Moosehead Lake: Family-Friendly Trails for All Ages


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Family-Friendly Trails for All Ages - Moosehead Lake

Moosehead Lake in Maine offers a plethora of hiking opportunities that cater to families and young adventurers. Whether you’re seeking a leisurely stroll or a bit more of a challenge, there’s a trail for everyone. Here are some of the best family-friendly trail hikes in the Moosehead Lake region, ensuring a fun and memorable outdoor experience for the whole family.


Easy and Flat Trails


Lily Bay State Park offers a variety of easy, flat trails perfect for young children and beginners. The park’s trails provide beautiful lake views and opportunities for wildlife spotting without much elevation gain.

The B-52 Memorial Trail is a short, easy hike leading to the site of a 1963 B-52 bomber crash. The trail is well-maintained and provides an educational experience alongside a pleasant walk through the forest.

This trail to Big Moose Pond is relatively flat and easy to navigate, making it ideal for families with young children. The pond offers serene views and a peaceful setting for a picnic.

One of the highest waterfalls in New England, Moxie Falls is accessible via a short, easy hike. The trail is family-friendly and leads to a stunning waterfall that kids will love to see.

The initial segment of the hike to Little Wilson Falls is relatively flat and easy, perfect for families with small children. The trail offers beautiful views and a taste of the wilderness without being too strenuous.


Moderate Trails for Older Kids


If your kids are up for a bit of a challenge, the Little Kineo Mountain Trail is a great choice. The hike is under 2 miles but involves some elevation gain, rewarding hikers with fantastic views from the top.

Another excellent option for families with older kids, the Burnt Jacket Mountain Trail is also less than 2 miles long. The trail is slightly more challenging but offers stunning vistas and a sense of accomplishment at the summit.


For Experienced Families


For families with hiking experience, Mount Kineo offers a rewarding challenge. The 3.5-mile round trip provides breathtaking views of Moosehead Lake and the surrounding area, making it well worth the effort.

Borestone Mountain is another excellent hike for experienced families. The trail is approximately 3.5 miles round trip and offers spectacular views from the summit. The hike is moderately challenging, with some steep sections.


Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventures

Located off the Katahdin Ironworks Road, the trails around Rum Pond are great for families looking for a more secluded hike. The trails lead up to Blue Ridge, offering fantastic views and a bit of adventure for older kids.

The Appalachian Mountain Club maintains several family-friendly trails in the area. Shaw Mountain and Indian Mountain are excellent options, providing moderate hikes with beautiful scenery and opportunities for exploration.


Contact Information

For more information on these trails and other family-friendly activities in the Moosehead Lake region, please contact:


Moosehead Lake Visitor Center


Explore the beautiful trails of Moosehead Lake with your family and create lasting memories in Maine’s great outdoors. From easy strolls to moderate climbs, these hikes offer something for adventurers of all ages.


What to Do in Moosehead Lake

For those seeking more activities and detailed guides, Moose River Lookout offers a wealth of information about the Moosehead Lake area. From seasonal events and community news to outdoor adventure guides and dining recommendations, Moose River Lookout is your new resource for exploring the region. In addition to hiking, you can find information on boating, fishing, camping, and local attractions.

Want more information checkout our Moosehead News!


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