Explore the beauty of Maine’s state parks with the whole family.

Starting on Monday, August 15th, the state of Maine will begin selling state park passes for 2023. If you purchase it on August 15th, it lasts a long time. In fact, your 2023 pass can also be used for the rest of this calendar year. Pretty good deal!

Scenic views, beaches, trails, camping sites, picnic areas, and so much more, Maine State Parks have a variety of options to make your visit enjoyable. Best of all, a pass means you can visit without paying a day fee.

Fees are $55 for an individual park pass, $105 per vehicle park passes, and If you are a Maine resident who is 65 years of age or older, you are admitted free with proof of age. All you need to purchase a pass is a valid credit or debit card, and your mailing information.

It will take about 7-10 business days for your pass to arrive in the mail. If you can't wait, you can use it instantly, by purchasing it at a park.

Keep in mind that park passes are not accepted at the following locations:

  • Acadia National Park
  • Allagash Wilderness Waterway
  • Baxter State Park, Maine Wildlife Park
  • Peacock Beach
  • Penobscot Narrows Observatory
  • Penobscot River Corridor
  • Scarborough Beach
  • Songo Lock
  • Swan Island

Here is the complete list of parks where your pass is valid:

  • Popham Beach
  • Reid Beach
  • Two Lights
  • Shackford Head
  • Cobscook Bay
  • Sebago Lake
  • Damariscotta Lake
  • Mount Blue
  • Aroostook
  • Androscoggin Riverlands
  • Bradbury Mountain
  • Camden Hills
  • Peaks-Kenny
  • Warren Island
  • Eagle Island State Historic Site
  • Ferry Beach

For much more information, check out this website

Maine's 20 Largest State Parks by Acreage

Maine's 42 state parks and historical sites saw over 3 million visitors in 2021. These popular spots just continue to remain quite popular. They are also extraordinarily diverse to one another in their own right, including the size.

Here are the 20 largest state parks in Maine based on acreage.

Note: Baxter State Park has been omitted since it's not run by the Maine Bureau of Parks & Public Lands.