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Carey Kish

Carey Kish of Mount Desert Island has been adventuring in the woods and mountains of Maine for, well, a long time. If there’s a trail—be it on dirt, rock, snow, water or pavement—he will find it, explore it, and write about it. Carey is a two-time Appalachian Trail thru-hiker, Registered Maine Guide, author of AMC’s Best Day Hikes Along the Maine Coast, editor of the AMC Maine Mountain Guide (10th ed.), and has written a hiking & camping column for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram since 2003. Follow his outdoor travels and musings here, and on Facebook/CareyKish. Let Carey know what you think at

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Posted: June 27, 2017

Bring your bathing suit on these hikes with nearby swimming holes

Written by: Carey Kish

An estimated 2,000 miles of hiking trails crisscross the state of Maine, from private timberlands and land trust holdings to state parks and public lands to national parks, forests and wildlife refuges. Complimenting this cornucopia of trails are more than 6,000 lakes and ponds, cool and refreshing gems perfect for some post-hike swimming. When you pack up your day hiking gear this summer, be sure to include a bathing suit and towel. Here are eight great hikes around the state, with nearby places to swim.





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