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Snowshoeing is great winter woods fun

Snowmobiling is Aroostook County's most common form of winter recreation, but for those who prefer their exercise the old fashioned way, snowshoeing is one healthy way to burn off those excess calories.

The Francis Malcolm Science Center in Easton offers periodic snowshoe walks for people who want to enjoy Mother Nature while traveling on foot.

"I try to have moonlight snowshoe walks in January, February and March, scheduled around the full moon," said Rita Rogers, outdoor educator at the Science Center. "Last year I also offered a few on Sunday afternoons, and I'll probably do that again this year."

Rogers is sometimes accompanied on the walks by Planetarium Coordinator Larry Berz, who offers the group a sky tour of the constellations.

The science center has snowshoe rentals available for those who want to try before they buy. According to Rogers, rentals are a wise choice before making the decision on purchasing a pair. New snowshoes can cost between $75 and $100 with the bindings attached. However, people are welcome to bring their own.

"If people want to try it's nice to come here, because they can rent a pair for a couple bucks," Rogers said "I don't do any real strenuous hikes because of the wide range of ages on my hikes. We go out for maybe about an hour and wind through some trails that we have here."

The University of Maine at Presque Isle also has snowshoe walks as part of the university's outdoor program. Outdoor Adventure Program International (OAPI), run by UMPI professor Chuck Hammersley, offers outdoor trips and instruction.

"In the winter time we do cross country, and snowshoe, and winter camping," Hammersley said. "We've filled every trip we have offered this semester in about fifteen minutes. It's an educational program that's open to both students and the community. It's well received, and a lot of people seem to be enjoying it."


Eco-Tourism in Aroostook County - Aroostook County, the largest county east of the Mississippi River, is known for it's excellent outdoor life. There is a quality of life here that the local folks are proud of. On the following pages, we would like to introduce you to what there is to do and see that would have little or no impact on the environment. Please feel free to browse these pages, or go to the topical index and choose a subject that is of interest to you, and then come enjoy Aroostook County, Maine.

Cross-country skiing locations are many. - Aroostook County offers a multitude of places to cross country ski, many of which offer warm-up huts and even rent out skis. Get out and enjoy!

Abandoned RR way opens up new pathways. - Hiking, bird-watching, bicycling, a leisurely horse-back ride or snowmobiling when the season's right, are all available to outdoor fitness and recreational enthusiasts on a new all-season trail recently converted from an abandoned railroad right-of-way. The multi-use 18.5 mile recreational trail for hikers, bicyclists, ATV enthusiasts, horse-back riders and snowmobilers recently converted from the Aroostook Valley Railroad's abandoned right-of-way covers wooded areas in Caribou, Woodland and New Sweden.

 

 

 

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