Ready to get outside but not sure what to do? Take a hike! Bangor and our surrounding communities are full of amazing spots to explore. And there’s something for everyone – from a leisurely walk to full-on climbing adventures, here’s a great list to get you headed in the right direction…
Bangor Trails –
The city maintains multiple trails all over town. Here’s a quick summary (you can view the full list with maps by clicking here).
- Brown Woods – Located between Finson and Davis Roads, with parking off Ohio Street. The 28 acre area includes a picnic spot and dog walking is permitted.
- Downtown/Waterfront – The Kenduskeag Stream Parkway weaves through downtown Bangor to the Waterfront which runs along the Penobscot River, perfect for walking (dog walking is permitted). Picnic areas are available along the Waterfront.
- Essex Woods – With parking off Watchmaker Street, Essex Woods includes 70 acres of land and a popular sledding hill. Trails run through wetlands and reforested areas, great for hiking, mountain biking and cross country skiing.
- Prentiss Woods – Adjacent to Bangor High School, Prentiss Woods is a forest preserve with trails covering 25.5 acres.
Bangor City Forest & Orono Bog Walk –
Also maintained by the city, the City Forest is a 680 acre network of trails off Stillwater Avenue. Wooded trails, wetlands and more provide the perfect spot for dog walking, hiking, running, mountain biking, and in the winter – cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.
Walden-Parke Preserve, owned by the Bangor Land Trust, encompasses more than 300 acres adjacent to the City Forest. It features more than three miles of hiking, biking, skiing and snoeshoeing trails.
About a quarter of a mile from the beginning of East Trail, the 4,200-foot long Orono Bog Boardwalk enables visitors to City Forest to see a bog up close and personal without getting their feet wet. The boardwalk is a joint venture by the city of Bangor, the University of Maine and the Orono Land Trust, and is accessible to wheelchairs, as is East Trail. Bicyclists can park their bikes at the bike rack. Dogs are not allowed on the boardwalk.
For more about the Bangor City Forest and Orono Bog Walk, click here.
Stillwater River Trail –
This popular trail follows an old railroad bed and hugs the west bank of its namesake river. The trail passes through a densely forested corridor and offers scenic views of the river. The trail follows the route of a long-since-disappeared railroad that once was used to haul timber from the area. The faint patterns of old railroad ties and occasional spikes can be seen on parts of the trail. Look for beaver dens along the river’s edges. Avoid the abundant poison ivy in this area. Best parking and trail access are available at the base of Noyes Drive at Brownie’s Park. For more info, click here.
University of Maine Bike Path –
A great trail connecting the campus with Old Town. Much of the trail passes through a scenic wooded corridor, following the path of a long-disused railway. The trail offers access to the university’s system of cross-country ski trails, which are popular with joggers and walkers in summer.
Acadia National Park –
Acadia National Park offers more than 120 miles of historic hiking trails, including miles of easy to strenuous trails for hiking and 45 miles of winding carriage roads for walking or biking. Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park is the tallest mountain along the eastern coast of the United States. During certain times of the year, it is the first place in the U.S. to see sunrise. Now that’s worth a hike! Click here for Acadia Park hiking details.
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