We couldn’t ask for a better fall weekend here in our Pine Tree State to get outdoors and discover nature. With a sunny weekend forecast that should hit 85 degrees, you should pick one or a few events or activities to explore something new! Whether you decide to tour Carrabassett Valley on Segway Scooters, Hawk Watch on Cadillac Mountain, Bike through Freeport, nature walk in Falmouth or hitch a chair lift up Sugarloaf to see the leaves begin to change —you’ll experience something new!
The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend is a series of events led by outdoor organizations and a handful of the most active Mainers across the state. Their mission is to connect friends, new friends and neighbors with Mother Nature and to promote fun, physical activity and good health. No matter what county you’re in – there are events in your area at every experience level.
I’ll be heading out for an action-packed weekend of discovery, and photographing every step. But before I pack my bags and head down the front steps I want to share what appears to be the top 5 best adventures on tap for this weekend. For more great opportunities, see the complete list at Great Maine Outdoor Weekend’s website.
ZIPLINE TOURS AT CARRABASSETT VALLEY
Sept. 26 10-4PM $39/pp
So you’ve definitely hit some high speeds as you skied Sugarloaf, but more than likely you’ve never darted around the valley while strapped in securely 30 feet above the ground. Each tour lasts an hour. For more info, 237-6875.
SUNSET SEA KAYAK TOUR ON CASCO BAY
Sept. 26, 27, 28 4:30-6:30PM $38/pp
Join Portland Paddle on Cutter St. in Portland every night this weekend for a panoramic paddle around famed Casco Bay. It’ll be a leisurely paddle great for all ages.
HIKE SPECKLED MOUNTAIN, EVANS NOTCH
Sept. 27 FREE
Grab some friends and join the Maine Charter of the Appalachian Mountain Club as they hike to some great views in the White Mountain National Forest via the Bickford Brook Trail (8.6 mi).
WATERFALL DISCOVERY HIKE, BAXTER STATE PARK
Sept. 27 7:45-1PM FREE
Join the Appalachian Trail Conservancy just before the Togue Pond Gatehouse at 7:45AM. The four-hour hike on the A.T. will lead you to Little and Big Niagara Falls. The distance is approximately 2.6 miles and is easy to moderate. Bring water and snacks. Limited space, so RSVP here.
BUNKER TOUR AT TWO LIGHTS STATE PARK, CAPE ELIZABETH
Sept. 27 12-3PM FREE
So you’ve been to Two Lights and have seen the large concrete bunkers, but you’ve never been allowed inside. Saturday the veil comes off this mystery you’ve always wondered about, so grab your flashlight and picnic lunch and we’ll join you by the seashore.