Camden Hills State Park is the undisputed winner for the best place to snowshoe and hike during all seasons. Only a short distance from Maine Sport, you can spend an hour or the entire day exploring their many networks of outstanding and well-maintained trails.
A map of the park can be found at the main entrance kiosk or at Maine Sport. Be sure to bring plenty of fluids, snacks, a watch, extra clothing and a whistle.
If you’re a dog lover, this is a great place to bring your leashed companion for a great day of exercise. Be sure they are protected from the elements as well. Maine Sport sells all sorts of doggy accessories that will outfit for your pooch for any sort of adventure.
A great place for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, Tanglewood is situated on the Duck Trap River in a beautiful, forrested 940 acre section of the Camden Hills State Park in the Waldo County town of Lincolnville.
The Civilian Conservation Corps, originally constructed the facility in the 1930s as a National Recreation Area. It includes 45 rustic buildings including a dining hall with modern kitchen, nature center, classrooms, sleeping cabins, wash buildings, swim area and playing fields. Hiking and cross-country ski trails meander through the forest along brooks and streams.
In the winter, trails are well maintained for singletrack, backcountry skiing. You can get a trail map at the entrance. Maine Sport can provide you directions once you have rented gear from us.
Tanglewood is also a great place for snowshoeing and hiking.
Hidden Valley Nature Center is a forest-based 501(c)(3) non-profit education center. More than 30 miles of trails and over one mile of shoreline on Little Dyer Pond give visitors access to 1,000 acres of contiguous forest in mid-coast Maine. The trail network connects the pond with one of the most ecologically diverse and undeveloped roadless tracts of forestland in the region – making it a gem of wilderness in the midst of the rapidly developing Mid-Coast region. Hidden Valley Nature Center’s mission has three parts: (1) To offer premier opportunities for outdoor, non-motorized recreation; (2) To offer educational opportunities related to the natural world, ecological literacy, and sustainable communities; and (3) To model innovative and sustainable forestry practices.
There are woods trails that have been designated for snowshoeing off the north and south sides of the alpine trails.
There is a new Nordic ski loop known as 22 Tacks that is approximately 3 Km (2 miles) long. It also connects to a 5 Km (3 mile) loop on adjacent property of the Coastal Mountains Land Trust Ragged Mountain Preserve. Tracks will be set on these trails when conditions permit. The 22 Tacks trail was designed to accommodate both a classic track and a freestyle track for skate skiing. This trail begins at the top of the Toboggan Chute and can be accessed by walking or skiing up to the left (south side) of the Tubing Hill where there is a trail kiosk with map and information.
There are currently no trail fees for using the Nordic skiing and snowshoeing trails however donations toward the substantial costs of maintaining and grooming the Nordic trails are much appreciated! The Camden Snow Bowl hopes to cover costs with voluntary donations. Please stop at the Snow Bowl office with your donation or drop it in the container at the head of the trail. If you enjoy the trails please consider making a donation.
A nonprofit corporation, organized in 1987, the George’s River Land Trust’s mission is to conserve and protect the natural resources and traditional character of the St. George River watershed for the public benefit.
The 225 square mile watershed of Georges River (it is known by both names) extends from Liberty to Port Clyde Maine. It includes streams, ponds, lakes, wetlands, farms, hills, mountains, blueberry barrens, and forests as well as a rich tidal estuary of salt marsh, clam flats and productive fishing grounds.
The 25 miles of hiking trails at different points of access lead you from easy to moderate hikes through lowland forests, river bogs, open meadows, beside rushing streams and over high ridges to the more strenuous climbing; the summits of Ragged and Bald Mountains.
In addition to the hiking trails, there are also bicycle and auto routes as well as canoe and kayak launch areas. No matter what your preference, you will be surrounded by the serenity of nature’s beauty and breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside.
To obtain a trail map, become a member of the organization, or for additional information, please call the George’s River Land Trust at 207-594-5166.