Merritt Island, West Bath

This 28-acre island is owned by Bowdoin College and is on the Maine Island Trail, which means people are free to visit and explore...

Stark’s Hill, Fryeburg

Fryeburg Academy’s ski team trains on these seven kilometers of groomed track. The school allows the public to use the trails on the weekend...

Highlands Ridge Trails, Bridgton

I mapped more than 9 miles of trails here at this vast Nordic ski trail system, which wraps around the Bridgton Highlands country club....

Black Mountain Nordic Trails, Rumford

This is a wonderful place to x-c ski, albeit on the small side. It also appears that the tracks are only groomed (for both...

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...

Scott’s Landing, Deer Isle

The Island Heritage Trust says this is one of the island’s best places for birding, and was once a productive spot for Native Americans...

Shore Acres Preserve, Deer Isle

There are nice views here, out over Greenlaw Cove. And as you walk through the forest, alongside the coastline, light filters through the forest...

Hatch Cove and Schumacher Preserve, Castine

Perhaps the neatest part of this preserve is the nearby beach on Wadsworth Cove and the tidal swimming pool behind it. When I visited...

Crockett Cove Woods, Stonington

Come here for the quiet, and for a walk in a forest layered in a blanket of moss. At the start of the trail,...

Big Falls Preserve, New Gloucester and Auburn

After parking at the spot where a paved road turns into a dirt one, and walking .3 miles along the discontinued Woodman Road, you’ll...