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Exploring Maine on Snowshoes

The rhythmic crunch of snowshoes
provides the perfect accompaniment
to an otherwise quiet winter walk in the Maine woods.

Snowshoes allow winter exploration in deep snow, up hills and mountains, and
to remote spots with great views.

Touring centers, farms, and community parks in Maine allow snowshoeing on
groomed and un-groomed trails for a fee or for free. Many touring centers rent
snowshoes for all ages.

Here are just a few of Maine's scenic spots for winter exploration.

Douglas Mountain Preserve near Sebago Lake has three trails that offer an easy
round-trip walk of one to two miles to a scenic mountain top. Take off the
snowshoes at the summit to climb the rectangular stone tower which has a map
at the top identifying the surrounding mountains and bodies of water.

Fort Baldwin State Historic Site in Phippsburg has a hilltop view of Fort
Popham and Pond Island Lighthouse. A wide trail leads up the hill, passing
three concrete batteries built into the land. Another trail begins at the top of the
hill through a pine forest following moss covered rock walls for more than half a

Bring a camera to capture the winter beauty of waterfalls and stone bridges
along the trails at
Vaughan Woods in the small central Maine city of Hallowell.
The moderate main loop trail is two miles following a stream with a striking
arched bridge at the midpoint.
Exploring Maine on Snowshoes, Bethel, Maine
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