Hiking, Mountain Biking and Rock Climbing in Maine
Concierge.com's insider take:
Get this, Vermont and New Hampshire: Maine is as big as all five other New England states combined, which makes for boffo backcountry opportunities. Join the mile-high club (not that one) by hiking up hulking Mount Katahdin, the 5,271-foot terminus of the Appalachian Trail, located in north-central Maine. It's a tough climb and should never be tried on an iffy day, but lower-key alternatives can be found in the surrounding Baxter State Park, which contains 200 miles of other trails (207-723-5140; www.baxterstateparkauthority.com). Near the mountain town of Bethel, the 43-mile Grafton Loop, off the Appalachian Trail, is one of the newest major trails in the Northeast, and an ideal destination for a weekend camping trip or shorter day hikes to bald, blueberry-strewn summits. Every October, the area is also home to Sunday River's North American Wife-Carrying Championships (207-824-5243; www.sundayriver.com/summer/wifecarry.html), when, for a change, hubbies are asking their spouses to get on their backs.