It’s no secret that Downeast, Maine, is home to some of the most stunning natural landscapes on the East Coast. Hothole Valley in Orland is one of the best places in the area for hiking, exploring, and breathing in the fresh air. Read on to learn more about what you can expect to see during your visit. Then, access our free Vacation Guide for more great ideas to consider while planning your trip!
3 Reasons to Explore Hothole Valley
Towering summits, forested valleys, and rocky coastlines make our region of Maine one of the top destinations for enjoying the great outdoors. Hothole Valley in Orland, ME, is one of many great hiking experiences in the area! Along with the trails found in Acadia National Park, this wildlife habitat makes for an excellent opportunity to explore the area’s natural beauty.
1. The Breathtaking Views
Explore over 3,000 acres of wooded valley between the peaks of some of the area’s most notable mountains such as Great Pond, Hothole, Oak Hill, Flying Moose, and Condon Hill mountains. In addition to hiking, visitors can mountain bike, or kayak along the shores! Who knows what kind of wildlife you might run into? People often spot various species of birds, chipmunks, and moose!
2. Trails for All Levels
Sometimes it’s nice to just enjoy a short, leisurely stroll up to the summit for the best views. Other times, you might be in the mood for more of an adventure and opt for a more strenuous hike along the paths less traveled. Regardless of which trail you choose to trek, you can expect to see babbling brooks, diverse vegetation, gravel deposits, and rolling, green hills. Some of the more popular hiking trails in Hothole Valley include:
- East Ridge Path (1.2 miles/moderate)
- Flag Hill Road/Trail/Path (1.9 miles/easy to moderate)
- Hillside Trail (2.1 miles/moderate to strenuous)
- Hothole Pond Trail (1.4 miles/moderate)
- Mead Mountain Trail (0.7 miles/easy to moderate)
- Mead Mountain Path (0.6 miles/moderate)
3. Dog-Friendly Hiking
Don’t leave your best friend behind! There are plenty of adventures to be had for you and your pooch in Downeast, ME. This popular hiking destination is open for people and their pets to enjoy! Hike along densely wooded trails, get your toes wet in small pond or stream and enjoy spending quality time with your furry sidekick. Just be sure to bring plenty of water, and don’t forget to pick up after your pup!
Stay on Deer Isle at Pilgrim’s Inn
Relax. Explore. Restore.
In addition to hiking Hothole Valley, Acadia National Park, and Blue Hill, make the most of your vacation when you stay on Deer Isle with us, at Pilgrim’s Inn. White linens, brilliant beams of natural light, and hand-carved wooden furnishings capture the eclectic essence of Downeast, ME. Our cozy accommodations serve guests well during their stay. We even have cottages, such as Ginny’s Cottage One, that welcome pets! To top it all off, we prepare a delicious, homemade breakfast each morning!
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