Walking & hiking is an exercise in natural beauty in Maine Highlands

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Viles Arboretum

153 Hospital St. Augusta, ME, 04332 Phone: 207-621-0031

Viles Arboretum offers 150 acres of fields and 74 acres of forest for recreation and nature viewing, particularly bird-watching. Six miles of trails off plenty of room for walking, jogging, biking, and even horseback riding. Tables and benches for rest and picnics are scattered throughout the property. In the winter, trails are groomed separately for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. Also, there is a sledding hill. Also, the arboretum has an Art Trail.
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Penobscot River Trails

East Branch of the Penobscot River at 2540 Grindstone Road Medway, ME Phone: 207-746-5807

The Penobscot River Trails is a 5,000-acre nature preserve owned and managed by a family charitable foundation. More than 15 miles of dirt and gravel trails are open to the public at no charge, year-round, for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. The property includes a small-boat launch for paddling on the East Branch of the Penobscot River. A visitor center with a wood-burning stove and restrooms and two huts provide places to rest and picnic. The entrance to the Penobscot River Trails is 12 miles north of the Medway exit and off Route 11 (Grindstone Road) in Soldiertown Township. Directions. Map.
Presque Isle Bicycle and Pedestrian Walkway

North Main Street to Riverside Drive Presque Isle, ME Phone:

This four-and-a-half-mile biking and walking path follows the rail bed of the former Canadian Pacific Railway through Presque Isle. The path, which is paved, traverses the city and the grounds of the University of Maine, offering beautiful views of Presque Isle Stream. The trail travels aside the river for a short bit in Bicentennial Park on the north end before crossing to Chapman Street and continuing south. At the south end of the walk, enter the path at the convention center (Green Hill Road at US 1). At the north end of the walk, park off Riverside Drive right near the river behind the district court building.
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Fields Pond Audubon Center

216 Fields Pond Road Holden, ME Phone: 207-989-2591

Seven miles southeast of Bangor, Fields Pond Audubon Center has a visitor center where many public programs happen year-round and people may shop at a nature store , a 200-acre pond, and a 230-acre sanctuary with walking trails through fields, wetland, forest, and along a lake. During walks and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on the trails, visitors can observe and photograph birds and wild life from small salamanders to bears to moose. Hundreds of varieties of butterflies have been spotted on the property. Trail map.
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Kennebec River Rail Trail

The 6.5-mile Kennebec River Rail Trail is open daily from dawn to dusk for walking, running, biking, skateboarding. The trail runs alongside the rail bed along the Kennebec River, and extends from Augusta through the towns of Hallowell, Farmingdale, and Gardiner.
Access: In Hallowell from Greenville Street; in Farmingdale from Kennebec Bike and Ski at 357 Maine Avenue, Pine Hill Drive, Bowman Street, and Sheldon Street.
Parking: in Augusta, trail users can park at the public lot on Water Street, under the Memorial Bridge, and at Capitol Park. In Hallowell, parking is at the municipal lot on Front Street. In Gardiner, parking is at 100 Maine Avenue.
Orono Bog Boardwalk

Off Tripp Drive Bangor, ME Phone: 207-866-2578

The Orono Bog Boardwalk is a place to see the fascinating plants and animals of a Maine bog. The 1-mile boardwalk loop trail begins at the forested wetland edge in the Bangor City Forest and crosses into the Orono Bog. The boardwalk passes through a range of vegetation and environments on its way to the open, peat moss carpeted center of the Orono Bog. Boardwalk visitors can read colored signs with illustrations of common species of bog plants and animals, and explanations to go along with them. The boardwalk accommodates wheelchairs. Benches for rest and contemplation are provided at least every 200 feet. Bicyclists can park their bikes at the bike rack. Dogs are not allowed on the boardwalk.
Hours: the boardwalk is open to the public May 1 until Thanksgiving weekend or the first snowfall, whichever comes first. Admission is free.
Baxter State Park

64 Balsam Drive Millinocket, ME, 04462 Phone: 207-723-5140

A large state wilderness that offers recreational activities in the water and on land; a popular camping and hiking spot

Hiking throughout 200,000 acres of preserved wilderness on the Trout Brook Farm, South Branch Pond, Katahdin Lake, Roaring Brook, and Abol Trails.
See full description of Baxter State Park.
Four Seasons Lodge and Trails

425 Spring Street Madawaska, ME Phone:

Four Seasons Lodge and Trails is the home base or people who love year-round outdoor recreation in the stunning heights of Maine. Guests can enjoy cross country skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing and nature hikes. There’s a modern lodge, 8 km of Nordic ski trails, a Kid’s Terrain Park, a sliding hill with a ski-through tunnel. Snowshoe trails weave among the ski system. Ski and snowshoe rentals are available. All trails start from the lodge. Trail maps.
Moxie Falls

Route 201 The Forks, ME Phone:

The first half of the Moxie Falls Trail is flat, through mixed woods as it travels towards the falls. Halfway down the trail, a welcome sign indicates the falls are not far. Within a quarter of a mile, the trail begins to get a little steeper, followed by stairs and boardwalks surrounding the falls. There are several observation platforms. This is not a loop trail, return by retracing the walk.
Directions: The township of Moxie Gore is 50 miles north of Skowhegan on US Route 201. Upon reaching the village of The Forks, look to turn right onto Moxie Pond Road (Lake Moxie RD on DeLorme's Maine Atlas & Gazetteer). There is a rest area between the Moxie Pond Road and the river. The trailhead is located approximately 2.3 miles further on this road on the left.
Bangor City Forest

Via Kittredge Road or Tripp Drive, off Stillwater Avenue Bangor, ME Phone: 207-992-4514

Bangor City Forest is 680 acres of wildlife habitat and working forest. More than nine miles of trail are available for running, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. It is owned by the city of Bangor and it is open throughout the year.
Dogs on Main Road, Shannon Road, Tripp Drive, and East Trail must be on a leash at all times. Hunting is prohibited. Walden-Parke Preserve, owned by the Bangor Land Trust, encompasses more than 300 acres adjacent to City Forest, on the west side of the former Veazie Railroad bed. It features more than three miles of hiking, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing trails.