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Reviewed 19 September 2020 via mobile

First time here. Easy drive to amazing views! Lots of signs informing you on vegetation and views. Would have given them 5 stars but they allow dogs and there were too many for my comfort level.

Date of experience: September 2020
Thank Hopsing-NH
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Reviewed 26 August 2020

We came to Mount Agamenticus to hike twice during a two-months-long vacation. I’d been there a number of times before.

We drove in from South Berwick. As expected, part of Mountain Road was gravel and dirt. It was quite bumpy. I was very glad to end that ride when we reached Mount Agamenticus Road in the Cape Neddick section of York. Although the hill was steep, the SUV climbed it easily.

The summit elevation was 692 feet.

Before the hikes, we took in the views from the summit.

First, we walked over to the north side facing toward Mount Washington. That had a ground-level viewing area with an info board with the names of all the mountains. There was also a raised viewing platform. With a lot of haze in the air, Mount Washington and the rest of the Presidential Range were just faint bluish-grey outlines on the horizon.

Then, we walked to the south viewing area. At about 5 or 6 miles away, Cape Neddick and Boon Island were supposed to be visible but weren’t.

Then, we walked around the Learning Center lodge to get more views. It was hazy in all directions.

To the north, Cape Elizabeth and the entrance to Casco Bay were supposed to be visible. They weren’t. There was just bluish grey haze.

In the center of the grounds at the summit of First Hill, there is a low platform with a railing all around it. Atop the railing are metal sculptures of the sights expected to be visible from the vantage point where each is located.

Just beyond the lodge, part of the new Big A Trail forks off to the right on a slight downhill slope. A short distance away is the memorial cairn with stones stacked vertically just so. It’s a memorial to the legendary Aspenquid, a Mi'kmaq sachem who was reportedly Chief Sachem of all the Tribes of Indians in the Northern District of America. The legend says that he converted to Christianity as a youth and traveled as a missionary. After his death, he was declared St. Aspenquid. He was supposedly buried at the summit of Mount Agamenticus. Real or legend? It’s open to question. The cairn that stands there today is not the original. That was moved and considerably downsized in 2009.

Further along that part of the trail one will find remnants of a T-Bar or lift at what was a ski slope that was once at the northeast side of mount in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

There are several picnic tables scattered around the summit grounds.

Whether the views are hazy or clear, hiking around Mount Agamenticus is always enjoyable.

There are no admission fees.

Be sure to pick up a brochure with a map of the trails near the kiosk in the summit parking lot.

I rate Mount Agamenticus at 4.50 and highly recommend a visit.

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Date of experience: August 2020
1  Thank Maurene_K
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Reviewed 4 August 2020

We took a ride up on a fluke because it was overcast and the three of us had never done it before and it was not far from Ogunquit. And it's free! It's a curvy, curly drive up but once at the top, there are nice vistas. There are also informational plaques to read. There are hiking trails as well.

Date of experience: August 2020
1  Thank skeelovr
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Reviewed 1 August 2020 via mobile

Easy and quick drive to the top. We explored and hiked around the top with our 4 and 6 year olds for about an hour. Lots of trails to choose from with nice markings so you knew where you were going. Platforms for taking panoramic pictures and viewing the Maine coastline and the forest were amazing! We did not do the hike up, but there were a lot of people there hiking up from the bottom. This was definitely worth the trip there!

Date of experience: July 2020
1  Thank Amy K
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Reviewed 11 March 2020

I can actually see Mt Agamenticus from my house, but it's so much fun to go up there and see the 360 degree view. It's fun at night when there is no moon, you can see all kinds of contellations and even the Milky Way is so much brighter. It's fun to go up on a nice warm day and have a picnic. Years and years ago, this was a little (and i mean little) ski area.

Date of experience: September 2019
1  Thank Betty R
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