From the Top of Mount Battie in Camden Hills State Park

In Camden Hills State Park, you’ll find an auto road to the top of Mount Battie, which overlooks Penobscot Bay.

Yes, as I mentioned, my friends call me Penny.

Sorry, no photos of the climb or descent along the auto road. Its windy and steep, but not at all scary for those afraid of heights (I won’t name names).

I must have hit something on my camera to get this blue tone, but it’s kind of cool, don’t you think?


Oops, back to gray. Don’t know what happened there.

Yes, Greg was at the top of Mount Battie:

And so was I:

Would you like to know a little more about historic Mount Battie? For instance, that a carriage road was built in 1897 by Columbus Bushwell, who built a hotel there named Summit House?

It became a social club for the residents, but was destroyed by fire in 1918.

Here is a PDF with the rest of the history of Battie, including of the stone tower and the Edna St. Vincent Millay poem.

More views:

The Tower:

I am being Rapunzel and letting down my hair.

Back on the ground is a marker:

Edna St. Vincent Millay is said to have written Renasance from the top of Mount Battie.

The first stanza:

ALL I could see from where I stood
Was three long mountains and a wood;
I turned and looked the other way,
And saw three islands in a bay.
So with my eyes I traced the line 5
Of the horizon, thin and fine,
Straight around till I was come
Back to where I’d started from;
And all I saw from where I stood
Was three long mountains and a wood.

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