Go Outside! Winter Vacation Edition
School’s out, there’s snow on the ground, the sun is shining: there’s no better time to get outside and enjoy nature with the whole family.
Check out our trail suggestions below based on activity, and as always, contact us if you have questions or would like a recommendation.
*all of the trails & preserves listed below have plowed parking areas thanks to the support of LELT donors & generous local businesses.
Snowshoeing – Flat
- Crooked River Forest, Harrison – Head out on the Intervale Trail to check out the Crooked River. Then continue on the purple blazed snowshoe trail, and finishup on the Evergreen trail back to the parking area. It’s a relatively flat (one steep section), 3-mile loop. Note: Part of the loop is shared with snowmobiles.
- Raymond Community Forest, Raymond – Spiller Homestead Loop & Grape Expectations Interperative signs along the Homestead Loop will teach you about what you’re seeing in the woods as you walk.
- Peabody-Fitch Woods, Bridgton – Field Loop Trail: head right on the trail from the parking area for a leisurely snowshoe around the upper field of Narramissic Farmstead. Benches offer rest-stops along the way. Great for beginners or trying out new gear! (Also great on XC skis). Connect to the Quarry Trail to make your journey a bit longer. Gradual inclines, one steeper section, trail maps at intersections to help you stay oriented. Great views of Hancock Pond!
- Pondicherry Park, Bridgton – Relatively flat trails in the heart of downtown Bridgton, easy access from the Depot Street Parking lot. Many options to choose from (you really can’t go wrong). Download Bridgton Historical Society’s App and take a walk through history as you explore the park.
Snowshoeing (Up!) & Winter Hiking
- Raymond Community Forest, Raymond – Head up the Pismire Bluff Trail for great views of Crescent Lake. It’s steep in sections and will get your heart pumping!
- Bald Pate Mountain Preserve, South Bridgton – Park in the main parking area off of Route 107, and head up the Bob Chase Scenic Loop to the summit. Steady going with rewards of great views on the way up & at the top. Great option for a sunset or sunrise hike!
- Pleasant Mountain – The tallest mountain in Southern Maine is a popular destination for winter hiking. Four main trails to choose from (they all connect to the summit), but the Ledges Trail is the most popular (steady incline, views at the half-way point, shorter than others). Note: the Firewarden’s trail is shared with snowmobiles in the winter, so it is groomed and makes for easier snowshoeing.
- Five Fields Farm & Bald Pate Preserve, South Bridgton – Don’t have your own gear? Rent skis or snowshoes at the farmstand! There is a fee to use the groomed trails, please pay at Five Fields Farm.
- Crooked River Forest at Intervale, Harrison – An official park & ride location maintained by the Harrison Friendly Riders Snowmobile Club. Easy access to a robust trail network.
- All LELT Trails
- All LELT Preserves
- Download the WinterKids PlayBook for fun outdoor activities for winter.
- Check out Maine Trail Finder for more great places to explore!
- Loon Echo has several pairs of snowshoes available for you to use free of charge! Email Maggie (email@example.com) if you’d like to borrow them.