AROOSTOOK STATE PARK CROSS -COUNTRY SKI TRAILS
- Beech Trail .3 km (.2 mile) marked in blue. Novice - Intermediate. Short trail which leads from Novice trail to campground where Sheep and Quaggy Jo Mountain trails begin.
- Novice Trail 1.6 km (1 mile) marked in red. Starts at the south end of the parking lot, meandering thru a cedar swamp connecting the Sheep trail with the Maze trail.
- Sheep Trail 2.4 km (1.5 miles) marked in yellow. Intermediate. Leaves the campground at site no. 21 winding thru a hardwood forest and passing the edge of an old sheep farm. Returns to the park by way of the Novice trail.
- Maze Trail 1.6 km (1 mile) marked in blue. Novice Intermediate. Starting from an intersection on the Novice trail and winding thru a tree plantation and a forest management area on a neighboring farm.
- Red Pine Trail .3 km (.2 mile) marked in red. Novice. A short trail branching off the Maze trail winding thru a managed red pine plantation, ending in a farm field with a view of Quaggy Jo Mountain and the surrounding area.
- Cedar Trail .8 km (.5 mile) marked in blue. Intermediate. Connects with Maze and Sheep trails. Winds thru a cedar swamp, fields and a stand of new growth hardwoods.
- Maple Trail 3.2 km (2 miles) marked in orange. Advanced. Follows section of park boundary leaving from and returning to the south end of the Quaggy Jo Mountain trail. Traverses scenic upland hardwood and evergreen forests.
- Quaggy Jo Mountain Trait 6.4 km (4 miles) marked in red. Advanced. Leaves the campground between site nos. 18 and 19 (South Peak nature trail), follows the nature trail for a short distance and then circles Quaggy Jo Mountain. This trail offers the most variety of terrain. Returns to the campground at site no.3.
- Old Beacon Trail .8 km (.5 mile) marked in yellow. Intermediate. Short trail leading from the Q. J. M. Trail across rolling terrain to the former site of an old beacon and an outstanding view of the countryside.
Park boundaries are marked with bright orange paint and cross several trails. Care should be taken to stay on established cross-country ski trails.
Snowmobile trail l.T.S. 83 winds thru the park. Use caution when crossing snowmobile trails.
The lodge at the park headquarters is open to the public on weekends during the skiing season.
- Novice - gently rolling or flat terrain; good for those new to the sport or those who enjoy even paced gliding.
- Intermediate - greater variation in contour; some gradual descents and ascents involved; popular with most levels of skiers.
- Advanced - a large variety of uphill and down; strenuous on uphill grades and faster paced gliding on downhill slopes.
Aroostook State Park
87 State Park Road
Presque Isle, Maine 04769
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Aroostook State Park -
In 1938, interested citizens of Presque Isle donated 100 acres of land to the State with the hope of creating Maine's first state park. This hope became reality is 1939, with the creation of Aroostook State Park. Subsequent donations increased the park to its present size of over 600 acres.
Aroostook State Park Hiking Trails -
The 4 mile cross-country ski trail can also be used as a summer hiking trail. Some of the Park trails leave Park property and pass through private property. The owners have given permission for you to use and for us to maintain these trails.
Aroostook State Park Cross Country Skiing Trails -
Park boundaries are marked with bright orange paint and cross several trails. Care should be taken to stay on established cross-country ski trails. Snowmobile trail l.T.S. 83 winds thru the park. Use caution when crossing snowmobile trails. The lodge at the park headquarters is open to the public on weekends during the skiing season.
Camping at Aroostook State Park -
30 wooded campsites, with tables and fireplaces, are available for either tent or trailer camping. Reservations may be made by calling at least 2 weeks in advance: (800) 332-1501 from within Maine, or (207) 289-3824 from out of state. Campsites can be reserved only during the period covering June 15-Labor Day. Call the reservation phones, or the park office for more information.
History of Aroostook State Park -
In 1938, the newly created State Park Commission ( which had been formed in 1935) recommended that the State accept a gift of 100 acres of land near Presque Isle. This became Aroostook State Park, the first in the State Park system.