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Outdoor Activities

People visit inland Maine year-round for hiking, biking (mountain biking is big at ski resorts off-season), camping, fishing, downhill and cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling.

The Kennebec and Dead rivers, which converge at The Forks in Western Maine, and the West Branch of the Penobscot River, near Millinocket in the North Woods, provide thrilling white-water rafting. Boating, canoeing, and kayaking are also possibilities.

Bicycling

Bicycle Coalition of Maine. For information on bicycling in Maine, contact the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. 207/623–4511. www.bikemaine.org.

Fishing

Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. For information about fishing licenses, contact the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. 207/287–8000. www.mefishwildlife.com.

Hiking

Maine Appalachian Trail Club. The Maine Appalachian Trail Club publishes seven Appalachian Trail maps ($8) and a Maine trail guide ($30). www.matc.org.

Maine Trail Finder. Visitors can find Maine trails to hike, mountain bike, snowshoe and ski on this website, which includes trail descriptions, photos, user comments, directions, links to maps, weather conditions, and more. 207/778–0900. www.mainetrailfinder.com.

Rafting

Maine Professional Guides Association. This association helps you find state-licensed guides to lead kayaking, canoeing, and white-water rafting trips. There are also other trips available, ranging from fishing trips to wildlife-watching excursions. www.maineguides.org.

Skiing

Ski Maine. For alpine and cross-country skiing information, contact Ski Maine. 207/773–7669. skimaine.com.

Snowmobiling

Maine Snowmobile Association. This association's excellent statewide map of about 3,500 miles of interconnected trails is available online. 207/622–6983. www.mesnow.com.

Updated: 2014-05-06

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