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Days Three and Four: Orr's Island to Camden Hills State Park (70 Miles)
Eight miles south of Camden, Rockland is one of the historic shipbuilding centers of the East. If you want to taste the salt of the sea in the Penobscot Bay Islands and you don't have the experience to charter your own sailboat, try the next best thing—a windjammer, which puts you on deck and leave the sailing to trained professionals. Unlike the rest of the wooden ships offering trips along the Atlantic, the majority of schooners docked in Rockland, Rockport, and Camden were legitimate working vessels in the late 1800s and early 1900s. For day or overnight sails, contact the Maine Windjammer Association (800.807.WIND; www.sailmainecoast.com).
If you don't have time for a sail, at least walk on the breakwater to the Rockland Lighthouse and watch the schooners glide in and out of the harbor. You'll feel like Henry Hudson, the 17th-century English explorer who was the first European to describe the Maine coast.
Once you reach Camden Hills State Park (207.236.3109 or 0849; www.maine.gov) two miles north of Camden, grab one of the 112 sites. Then take the two-hour round-trip hike to Maiden Cliff. The trail starts gradually, slowly climbing through a thicket of hemlocks before you reach the ledges overlooking the waters of Megunticook Lake. Views of Camden and the Penobscot Bay only get better as you climb the Scenic Trail to the summit.