Howard Hill, Augusta

You can get your aesthetic political fix here, on Howard Hill’s 164-acres, because its high point is an overlook with a lovely view of Maine’s capitol building.

The best place to access the roughly 3 miles of trail here is at the end of Coos Lane, where you can park at the 8-acre Effie L. Berry Conservation Area kiosk. This little preserve provides access to the trail system on Howard Hill.

Otherwise, you can access the trails at the end of Blaisdell Street, Ganneston Drive, or Parkwood Drive. The trail at the end of Blaisdell Road (and I’m not sure you can park here) is the quickest and steepest way to the view.

When I visited in the winter of 2018, the flagged trails were easy to follow, with maps posted at every intersection.

Directions: From Winthrop Street in Hallowell, turn onto Coos Lane. Continue onto the end loop of the lane; you can park behind the building, close to the trailhead kiosk.