As spring slowly makes her appearance and the temperature begins to rise, it’s time to get outside for some fresh air. Instead of being cooped up indoors, take a walk outside – it’s a great way to keep your distance while also taking in everything that nature has to offer this time of year.
Nearby Bangor City Forest and Orono Bog Walk
Just down the road from Dirigo Pines is the Bangor City Forest and Orono Bog Walk.
The Bog Walk is a 1-mile boardwalk loop that begins at the forested wetland edge in the Bangor City Forest, and after 800 feet crosses the Orono town line into the portion of the Orono Bog owned by the University of Maine. Along the way the boardwalk passes through a wide range of changing vegetation and environments on its way to the open, peat moss carpeted center of the Orono Bog.
It’s a fascinating and educational walk, allowing visitors to observe the colorful bog, its tranquil beauty and the amazing plants and animals that call the bog home. Look for pitcher plants along the Bog Walk, in bloom throughout the summer. Pitcher plants are carnivorous, luring insects into a cavity in the middle of the plant. Signs with illustrations help visitors spot interesting plant and animal life along the way.
The Bog Walk is set to open May 1. The boardwalk is a wheelchair-friendly facility, and benches for rest and contemplation are provided at least every 200 feet. Please note that dogs are not permitted on the Bog Walk.
Can’t wait? You can enjoy the Bangor City Forest any time of year. The Rolland F. Perry City Forest includes 680 acres of wildlife habitat and forest, offering more than 9 miles of trails for walking, hiking, biking, and during the winter – snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. Dogs are welcome in many areas, but must be on a leash at all times, per city ordinance, on Main Road, Shannon Road, Tripp Drive, and East Trail.
The forest is accessible via Kittredge Road and Tripp Drive. The Tripp Drive entrance is just 4 minutes from Dirigo Pines. Click here for directions.