Spring has definitely sprung in Maine. The trees are budding, the flowers are in bloom, and the sun has been shining brighter than it has all winter. We are entering what I like to call Walking Season! Most of the time, I use walking as a mode of transportation, but sometimes, I like to take a pleasant walk in a beautiful setting. Here are four of my favorite places to walk in and around Bangor.
1. Bangor City Forest
If you haven’t been to the City Forest lately, you should take a couple hours and enjoy the trails this weekend. There are more than 4 miles of access roads and more than 9 miles of walking trails. You can find entrances on Kitteredge Road and on Tripp Drive. There’s a picnic table at the entrance to the forest, which is a lovely place for a meal after a long walk, or a quick snack before heading out!
2. The Bangor Waterfront
When you think of the Bangor Waterfront, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? For me, it’s the concerts. They’ve been such a big deal for the last few years that I almost never think of the Waterfront without thinking about a concert. However, the Bangor Waterfront is a great place to walk. There are paths all around the area, many of which are right next to the Penobscot River, which provides a beautiful view and a cool breeze. Walking next to the water is so calming, and it’s so much fun to look at the boats during the summer. Though the Waterfront is fairly new, walking there always makes me think of what Bangor might have looked like in its early days. I will admit, I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to the cold, so I’ve never walked along the Waterfront in the winter — it’s too cold and windy for my taste! I prefer the river int he summer, when the sun is warm and the breeze is refreshing.
3. Littlefield Garden
On the UMaine campus, to the left of the University Credit Union is a gem hidden behind a rather plain looking wall. Littlefield Garden is a beautiful place to go to walk, to read, or just to think. There is always something new to see here. The flowers and other ornamental plants provide spectacular color, as do the apple trees. Time almost stands still in the garden, and there is so much to explore in such a small space that it’s hard to grow tired of it. Although I could describe the garden in great detail, I think I’ll let you discover its surprises for yourself. Enjoy it!
4. DeMerritt Forest Trail System
Last, but certainly not least, on my list of great places to walk is the DeMerritt Trail System in Orono. Behind the New Balance Student Recreation Center is a network of walking trails that stretches from the UMaine campus to Old Town. The trails are smooth and easy to walk on, and the scenery is beautiful. These trials are great for walking, running, and biking. If you’ve never explored these trails, they are definitely worth a visit!