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Enjoying Winter in Maine

With a major winter storm in the rearview and another on the way at the end of this week, it’s easy to want to hunker down inside until spring. Instead of reading by a cozy fire or binging a series on Netflix, get outside and get a healthy dose of mood-boosting Vitamin D.

Studies show that getting outside during the winter months can improve both your physical and mental health!

The Penobscot River watershed covers an area that is 8,750 square miles – that’s a lot of room for outdoor fun, no matter the season. One of our favorite winter activities is strapping on a pair of snowshoes or cross-country skis and hitting the trails.

The big ski resorts often have snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails crisscrossing their acreage, but you can save yourself a drive by getting out right in your back yard.

Looking for some suggestions on where to go? We’ve got you covered:

  • Bangor City Forest – with 3 miles of trails, this is a great place for families to get out right in town. Just a reminder, the bog walk section of the trails are closed during the winter and snowshoers are asked to stay off the groomed cross-country ski tracks.

  • Acadia National Park – a little bit of a drive, but with 45 miles of carriage roads, the park is a snowshoer’s paradise.

  • Walden Parke Preserve – Slightly more challenging terrain with rolling hills, the park offers some scenic views for both cross country skiers and snowshoers. If you bring your four-legged friends with you, be sure to keep them on leash.

  • Old Pond Railway Trail – Located in Hancock, this abandoned railroad bed offers a three-mile trail with coastal views.

Before you head out on the trails, be sure to pack plenty of water, bring a map or cell phone, let someone know your plan, and always be cautious when crossing a body of water.

Most importantly, have fun! Winter in Maine can be tough but getting out the door and taking advantage of the state’s natural beauty can make it better!


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