Western Maine Hiking
Sunday River is the perfect basecamp to access the best hiking in Western Maine, with nearby mountains and state parks offering everything from challenging backpacking trips to top family hikes and nature walks. All hikes listed here are located within 20 minutes of Sunday River and Bethel.
Table Rock & Baldpate
The best short hike in Maine, Table Rock is a 2.4-mile roundtrip in Grafton Notch State Park with spectacular views of Old Speck Mountain (the state's third-highest peak) at the summit. Two trails allow for moderate or more challenging options, and for a longer hike continue to Baldpate Mountain for 5.8-7.6 miles total.
A newly opened trail in the Bethel Community Forest, the Summit Ridge Trail is a 3.2-mile out-and-back hike with a mild pitch and four different scenic viewpoints, including a look at the backside of Sunday River's Locke Mountain and White Cap.
East Royce Mountain
East Royce Trail is located in Evans Notch State Park, west of Bethel on the NH border. Short and steep, this trail provides great mountain views at a summit just 1.1 miles from the trailhead. Return after the summit for a 2.2-mile roundtrip, or continue on connecting trails to reach additional peaks along the ridge south.
Located minutes from Sunday River right on Route 2, Mount Will is a 3-mile loop nature trail climbing gradually to open ledge overlooking the Androscoggin River Valley towards Bethel.
Just south of Bethel, Long Mountain Trail offers a 4.4-mile roundtrip with views of Western Maine and the Presidential Range. The beginning of the hike is fairly mild, but at mile 1.5 the trail will begin to get steeper as you ascend the west face ledges.
Just east of Sunday River on route 2, Glassface Ledges Trail offers a family-friendly 1.6-mile roundtrip climb to a scenic looking over the Androscoggin River Valley.
Old Speck & Eyebrow Loop
Across the notch from Table Rock is the challenging Old Speck trail and the Eyebrow Loop. Following along the Appalachian Trail, Old Speck is 7.6 miles roundtrip, and the Eyebrow Loop adds 2.2 miles to the trek, with even more mountain views.
Located south of Bethel, Round Mountain is a 1.9-mile roundtrip as a moderate family-friendly climb with a summit loop around the Rock Castle rock formation and an open ledge with views.
Bethel Nature Walks
Area conservation groups maintain a number of easy, enjoyable nature walks and bike trails right in Bethel appropriate for any age or ability. Check out Valentine Farm, the Esker Loop, and the Bethel Pathway.