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Cutler never changes much. That’s one of the things people love about it.
One of Maine’s prettiest villages rises from the ashes.
By the light of a full moon at midnight, Elizabeth Peavey gets a firsthand look at what is believed to be the horseshoes’ northernmost breeding spot.
A quiet river valley serves as the gateway to Saddleback and the Rangeley region. Most travelers pass through without stopping, but the historic villages along the Sandy River have their own unique stories worth hearing.
Topography shapes history in the Blue Hill area.
When the Maine Legislature passed an act detaching Ogunquit from neighboring Wells to form a “Town Unto Itself” thirty years ago, it may not have known how true those words would prove.
Most visitors only glimpse the City of Ships as they zip past on the highway, assuming the signature Bath Iron Works tells them everything they need to know about the place. If only they knew what they were missing.
Maine’s state parks are well-marked on most tourist maps so they tend to attract sometimes sizable crowds. But take heart; if you’re looking for a quieter, more secluded outdoor experience this summer, other options are available. For a start you might consider the twenty-eight “units” of the Public Reserved Lands system. These state-owned parcels total almost half a million acres of forest, rivers, lakes, streams, and coast. Recreational opportunities abound at these sites, including camping, boating, hiking, and fishing, and as a rule, you won’t need to pay to use them. Here are ten units worth exploring.
Every summer, Maine’s state parks officially fling open their gates, offering a chance spend the night in some of the state’s most beautiful locations without spending a fortune. Parking is included in the price of admission, and overnight camping fees range from $11 to $20, depending on the park, along with a $2 per night reservation fee. (Day-use rates are between $3 and $6.50 for adults, even cheaper for Maine residents, and just $1 for children five to eleven.
When it comes to hunting and fishing, the Pine Tree State is an angler's and a shooter's paradise. From the graceful fly-fishing waters of Grand Lake Stream to the thrill of stalking your prey through the Greenville woods, you'll find no shortage of places to enjoy the outdoors this fall. Many sporting camps even offer family vacations that include alternative outdoor pursuits if your bent isn't all toward the hunt. This list, from the Maine Sporting Camp Association and organized alphabetically, should get you started.