1-minute hike: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay


Difficulty: Easy to moderate, depending on the trails you choose to explore. Several paths in the Central Gardens are wide, smooth and built to be wheelchair accessible. Trails outside the Central Gardens vary in difficulty; some are wide and surfaced with compacted gravel, while others are more challenging, traveling over unimproved forest floor with rocks […]

1-minute hike: Aroostook National Wildlife Refuge East Loring Division in Limestone


Difficulty: Easy-moderate. The 1.2-mile Don Lima Trail is wide and smooth, surfaced with mowed grass in the fields and gravel in the forest. The trail forms a loop that begins and ends at the refuge visitor center. The East Loring Division of the refuge is also home to longer, more challenging trails that together total just […]

1-minute hike: Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve in Bangor


Difficulty: Easy. The trails in the network travel over unimproved forest floor for the most part. In some places, the forest floor is smooth and covered with soft pine needles, while in other areas, the trail is fairly rocky. Watch your footing. While there is no significant change in elevation, the trails do travel over […]

Where in the woods am I? Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve


And the answer is… the Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve in Bangor! The winner, drawn randomly from all who guessed the location correctly, is JJ Glawe of Belfast! Enjoy the $50 L.L.Bean gift card, JJ. And thanks to everyone for playing. Come on back next Monday to play again! And if you’re interested in this beautiful trail, stay tuned for the “1-minute […]

Great egrets swoop into Bangor with other wading birds

Photo by Aislinn Sarnacki. Dragonfly in Bangor, Aug. 4, 2016.

Great egrets, snowy egrets and lesser yellowlegs were wading through the Essex Woods wetlands near the Bangor Mall yesterday afternoon. I spotted them through the cattails and tall grass as I walked around the wetlands on a public trail at the bottom of Essex Street Hill, one of Bangor’s most famous sledding hills in the winter. The […]