Located in Presque Isle, 700-acre Aroostook State Park is Maine’s oldest. The park offers visitors a range of recreational activities including hunting, fishing, swimming, hiking, wildlife watching, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.
The Bangor & Aroostook Trail is a 61-mile trail that is divided into two sections that link the towns of Mapleton, Washburn, Stockholm, Caribou, and Van Buren. This gravel surface trail is open year round for multiple uses. Scenery varies from open fields to deep woods, and meanders along many streams.
This wildlife and recreational corridor includes more than 7,500 acres of conserved land with opportunities for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hunting, fishing, trapping, and snowmobiling.
Located in the towns of Ripley, Embden, Burnham, and Detroit, the Central Maine Sportsmen project added five parcels totaling 2,730 acres to Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife management areas in Central Maine. Hunters will find prime deer, moose, and waterfowl habitat along the Sebasticook River and on the shores of Hancock and Sandy Ponds.
Located north of the Forks in Somerset County, the 8,159-acre Cold Stream Forest includes critical wildlife habitats, including more than 3,000 acres of deer wintering areas and seven wild brook trout ponds. Anglers can explore seven small ponds and five miles of stream in this Bureau of Parks and Lands Public Reserve.
The Dead River is the centerpiece of the Maine Huts and Trail’s Grand Falls Hut, its most remote and secluded facility. Offering spectacular views and easy access to Grand Falls waterfall, it is the ideal location for a spring fishing trip or base camp for a Dead River paddle.
The Clifton Climbers Association’s Eagle Bluff is one of Maine’s premier rock climbing destinations. Eagle Bluff also features hiking trails that lead to the 512-foot summit and panoramic views of surroundings hills and ponds.
The Four Seasons Adventure Trail is a 29-mile gravel surfaced trail that connects Newport, Corinna, Dexter, Sangerville and Dover-Foxcroft. The trail is open year round for multiple uses, and features views of Sebasticook Lake, Corinna Bog, the East Branch of the Sebasticook, and Lake Wassookeag.
The Four Seasons Trail Association promotes year-round outdoor recreation through cross-country skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing and nature hikes on their scenic property in Madawaska. In the winter, visitors can rent cross-country skis and snowshoes before touring more than 5 miles of trails.
The Katahdin Forest Project includes some of the most heavily used recreational areas of the Northern Forest for hiking, snowmobiling, fishing, canoeing, and white water rafting. The project also includes a conservation easement protecting a working forest that is the backbone of the Katahdin region.
The 16-mile Lagrange to Medford Trail runs from South Lagrange through Medford Center to Lake View Plantation. This hard gravel surface multi-use trail travels through rural Maine with pleasant scenery of forests and farmland. It is available for ATV riding, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing.
Located in Skowhegan and Canaan, Lake George Regional Park is a day-use lakeside park with year-round educational programs, trails, amenities and events. Each year roughly 20,000 community members and visitors use the lake and its surrounding land for swimming, fishing, picnicking, boating, hiking, skiing, and other activities.
Located in northern Penobscot County, Mattawamkeag River is home to an 11,299-acre IF&W Wildlife Management Area that is a popular destination for paddlers, anglers, and hunters. The area’s diverse habitats and extensive wetlands are important to a number of wildlife species.
Located east of Baxter State Park, the 7,910-acre Millinocket Forest is comprised of two properties that provide critical links in the region’s motorized trail network. The area is also a working landscape that supports the region’s forest product’s industry.
The Nature Conservancy’s 15,000-acre Moose River Preserve is located west of Jackman, in northern Somerset County. This wildlife and habitat rich property includes one of the largest, most diverse and least disturbed peatlands in the eastern U.S. Activities include hunting, fishing, camping, and remote paddling along the scenic Moose River.
Located in the heart of Piscataquis County, Nahmakanta Public Reserve is 43,000 acres of wildlife-rich forests, low ledge-covered mountains, numerous streams, narrow gorges, and 24 great ponds. Visitors venture to this remote area throughout the year.
The Orono Land Trust’s 75-acre Piney Knoll Conservation Area is a short walk from the University of Maine campus. Located on the banks of the Penobscot River, the conservation area features a network of family-friendly trails and is an excellent destination for avid birdwatchers.
Located in Perham, Salmon Brook Lake Bog is the centerpiece of an 1,857-acre public reserve that captures many ecological features characteristic of Maine’s northeastern limestone belt. Visitors will also find a multiple use trail available for ATV riders and others.
Located in eastern Piscataquis County, the 21,369-acre Seboeis Lake Public Reserve offers tremendous outdoor recreational opportunities in a remote setting for campers, boaters, fishermen, hunters, and wildlife watchers.
The Forest Society of Maine’s West Branch project protects working forestlands while offering public access for a variety of outdoor recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, wildlife observation, and paddling. This conservation area also includes the North and South Branches of the Penobscot River, as well as Baker Lake and some of the St. John River’s headwater ponds.