Dows Woods Trail, South Portland

This is a 9.3-acre preserve, with a 2-acre pond, close to the high school. I parked in the school’s lot and walked up the...

Gamble Preserve, Phippsburg

This is a delightful, albeit small (2-acre) preserve, with a .2-mile trail that includes a couple of swings, a picturesque bench, and some craggy...

Powder House Hill Trail Network, Farmington

This is a well-used and quite extensive trail network just minutes from downtown Farmington. The day we visited, the snowy trails closest to the...

Rangeley Lakes Trails Center, near Rangeley

I dipped my toe into the more than 30 miles of trails at this four-season center (it promises x-c skiing, snowshoeing, and biking) on...

Cranberry Peak, Eustis

Cranberry Peak, on the east; Little Bigelow to the west This 3,194-foot peak is the smallest of the seven that range across the magnificent...

Puzzle Mountain, Newry

This is a beautiful and well-hiked mountain with spectacular views from its 3,133-foot summit. The 3-mile trail to the top is fairly gradual and...

Old Blue Mountain, near Andover

The 3,600-foot summit of Old Blue is part of the Appalachian Trail. Because the summit is not clear of trees and shrubs, it is not...

Speck Ponds Trail System, Albany and Norway

The trail system here takes walkers to two quiet, undeveloped ponds, Speck and Lower Speck ponds. Based on the number of gnawed trees and...

French Falls Recreation Area, Jay

Parts of this 30-acre riverside park are really charming. I recommend you begin your walk on the blue trails, they take you to some...

Foothills Land Conservancy, Wilton

I am sure this preserve, which includes open meadows, wetlands, and thickets of trees, is a birding paradise! I visited close to dusk, when...