This 1,700-acre Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village has long been open to visitors who come to tour its historic buildings and learn about traditional Shaker crafts, or to picnic, hike, or cross-country ski in the surrounding forests.
Saco River Indian Cellar is an 81-acre municipal park maintained by the Hollis Conservation Commission. Visitors will find 8 different trails encompassing 2.5 miles that lead to the scenic shores of the Saco River and a handful of picnic spots. The preserve offers opportunities for cross-country skiing, fishing, horseback riding, hunting, mountain biking, running, snowshoeing, swimming, and hiking. Canoe and kayak access to Indian Cellar is available nearby at Pleasant Point Park in Buxton.
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 Stockton Springs, this 100-acre park is located on a historical point at the mouth of the Penobscot River. The park features a sandy beach, two miles of gentle hiking trails, and ample opportunities to observe wildlife, including resident osprey and migratory shorebirds.
Located in Limington and Limerick, Francis Small Heritage Trust’s 1,400-acre preserve is open for hiking, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing. Sawyer Mountain rises 1,213 feet above sea level and provides extensive views of southern Maine from its summit ledges.
With a long expanse of white sand and views out to the rocky shores of Prouts Neck, Scarborough Beach State Park is an attractive setting for swimming, walking, and picnicking. Surfers routinely ride its waves and surf-casters ply the waters for striped bass and blue fish.
Located in Sullivan, Frenchman Bay Conservancy’s 500-acre Schoodic Bog Preserve offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities from a 1.2-mile hiking trail that connects to nearby Schoodic Mountain, a peak with stunning 360-degree views of Frenchman Bay.
Located in Naples, the Sebago Headwaters Preserve includes habitat critical to maintaining the health of Sebago Lake, and is open to a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities including hiking, hunting, snowshoeing, and wildlife observation.
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.
Located in Eastport, Shackford Head State Park features a 3.2-mile network of gentle hiking trails that lead to cobble beaches and scenic bluffs. The park is a great place to observe wildlife including, seals, bald eagles, songbirds, and migratory shorebirds.
Located in Owls Head, the Ship to Shore Lobster Wharf serves more than 30 fishing boats with all-tide access, bait, fuel, parking, and two hydraulic winches with booms. There are roughly 100 families supported from the commercial fishing activities on the wharf. Landings at the wharf include lobster, but in the future the hope is to handle shrimp, scallops, crab, clams and worms.
Located in Perry, Maine Coast Heritage Trust’s 76-acre Sipp Bay Preserve features hiking trails that provide excellent coastal views and many opportunities for wildlife watching. Visitors can also use a hand-carry boat launch and take advantage of numerous scenic, shoreline picnic spots.