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Top Things to Do in Camden, Rockland, and Clark Island

Looking for the top things to do from your base at the Craignair Inn?

From the Inn you can take in sweeping ocean views from the newly expanded deck or stroll over the causeway to Clark Island to get an up close look at one of the island’s rock quarries (also a local swimming hole). For those looking to enjoy the outdoors, there is kayaking nearby or hiking at Camden State Park. Our B&B near Camden, Maine is 15 minutes from Port Clyde where you can see the Marshall Point Lighthouse (from Forest Gump) and take a short ferry ride over to Monhegan and other islands.

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The Craignair Inn is a 15-minute drive from many famous lighthouses, as well as the Maine Lighthouse Museum.


MARSHALL POINT LIGHTHOUSE AND MUSEUM

A beautiful lighthouse accessed by an iconic boardwalk. This light was made famous in the movie “Forrest Gump” as the conclusion of Tom Hanks’ long run. In addition to walking out on the boardwalk to see the lighthouse up close, visitors can see photos from the filming of the movie.


OWL’S HEAD LIGHTHOUSE

Located in Owls Head Light State Park. There is a large parking area near the lighthouse, and the grounds are open to the public. The Owls Head State Park itself consists of one main trailhead that splits into two separate paths. One path heads down to the beach, while the other heads up to the Owls Head Light. Make your way down to the beach to see a pristine view of the lighthouse and the cliffs on which it stands.


BREAKWATER LIGHTHOUSE

The breakwater leading out to the light is a beautiful and scenic walk on a sunny day. However, please note that the walk is a nearly two-mile round trip. During bad weather, waves often crash over the granite breakwater, which can make the walk a very wet one. Check out the live webcam.


TENANTS HARBOR LIGHT

Also known as Southern Island Light, this light is located at the mouth of Tenants Harbor on the St. George peninsula. It appears in paintings by Andrew Wyeth and his son Jamie Wyeth, who has owned the lighthouse since 1978. Jamie’s studio is in the pyramid-shaped bell tower.

CLARK ISLAND

We suggest exploring Clark Island by foot in the summer or by snowshoes in the winter. Now preserved by Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Inn guests are welcome to enjoy Clark Island’s sandy beaches, tide pools, and trails. It is one of those rare islands connected by a causeway. You don’t need a boat to experience this marvelous Maine island—and that’s only part of what makes it so special.


CAMDEN HILLS STATE PARK

With 5700-acres to play in, the Camden Hills State Park offers a range of trails and rewards hikers with spectacular sweeping ocean views. The Mount Battie Trail offers a relatively short but very rewarding hike. Going up the stone tower on Mount Battie’s summit allows you to soak in the 360-degree panorama. There is also a parking lot near this lookout for weary travelers who want the view without the hike. Whether you are looking for hiking, biking, running, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, or snowshoeing — adventure awaits you at Camden Hills!

Parking for the Mount Battie Trail can be found at the end of Megunticook Street in Camden, off ME Route 52, just after the intersection of ME Route 52 and US Route 1.

The Inn is in a terrific location for kayakers who want to get to the islands and reefs of the Muscle Shoals Channel.

We suggest you take a tour with PORT CLYDE KAYAKS Tours are offered daily, and instruction is included, with all skill levels welcome.

Port Clyde Kayaks will also deliver kayaks to the Inn for your use. They invite you to visit their website or call them at 207-372-8100.

If you bring your own kayaks, you can launch from the Craignair at high tide, or two nearby all-tide launches are South Thomaston and Tenants Harbor. South Thomaston is good for all tides except the last hour of low. It puts you out in the George River, with a 30-40 minute paddle down the coast. There is parking there, and The Keag Store for food. This is the closest access to Andrews, Dix, Birch islands. Tenant’s Harbor is a true all-tide. Puts you out west and south of the Muscle Ridge Islands. Tenant’s Harbor General Store is nearby for food supplies.

Langlais

A nature and sculpture park with monumental wood sculptures created by Bernard Langlais. Preserve is owned and operated by the Georges River Land Trust of Rockland, Maine, with conservation and programming support from the Colby College Museum of Art.

Explore Maine breweries and Wineries with the Maine Beer and Wine Trails, an easy to follow brochure that can be used throughout the state to find nearby pubs and breweries, track your Maine brewery visits and be rewarded.

You can use the Plan Your Route tool to find the perfect midcoast Maine brewer along your way to the Craignair Inn.

Visitors to the Project Puffin learn about the success and challenges faced by Audubon and its conservation partners to restore and protect the seabirds on Maine islands and beaches.

Visitors can view real-time video and sounds of puffins from the remote Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge, 20 miles south of Rockland, through robotic camera. A 20-minute film screening of “Project Puffin” showcases people taking innovative action to bring puffins and other seabirds back to the Maine coast.