The Best Cross Country Ski Trails in Maine


cross country skiing maineWhat is there to do in Maine during the winter season? The short answer is plenty. On a sparkling winter day, one of the best ways to enjoy Maine’s landscape is to venture out on cross-country skis. You can quietly glide through pine-scented forests, listen for birds chirping, and feel the warmth of the sun reflecting off the snow. Crossing country skiing Maine forests, hills, and trails are great exercise and always an adventure. This winter, slip on some skis, breathe the fresh air and enjoy time with your partner or friends.

Cross Country Skiing Maine: The Best Trails

Acadia National Park: Bar Harbor
Acadia National Park serves as one of the most classically historic places in the country to cross-country ski. With over 32 miles of groomed carriage roads, skiers can enjoy scenic views of Mount Desert Island , peaks, and ocean views. Keep a watch out for wildlife footprints including the iconic Moose, snowshoe hares, and foxes.

Ragged Mountain Preserve: Camden
Nestled in the Ragged Mountain Preserve is miles of ungroomed Nordic ski loops. With westerly vistas across the Georges River watershed all the way to the White Mountains and the island-dotted Penobscot to the east, the views are greatly rewarding. Generally, this trail is moderate but since it is ungroomed and not actively patrolled it’s the perfect expedition for a seasoned skier and a friend. It should be noted that the trail is clearly marked and surrounding, more difficult trails, are patrolled.

Northwoods Outfitters: Greenville
From snow packed mountains to endless groomed trails, there is no shortage of scenic vistas in the Moosehead Lake region. There are a variety of landscapes along sections of the Appalachian Trail to choose from including natural features like beaver houses to frozen waterfalls. These trails are impeccably marked and maintained and are ideal for beginners to experienced skiers.

Sugarloaf Outdoor Center: Kingfield
Sugarloaf is the biggest ski resort in the East with an impressive 60 miles of marked trails that are maintained for both classic and Nordic skiing. Central to the trails, is the mountains lodge where you can stop to get a coffee warm up or end your day with one of Maine’s infamous local brews.

When the Day is Done, Warm Up by the Fire

When you play hard, you deserve to treat yourself to true rest and relaxation. While there are a number of luxury hotels, inns, and resorts in Maine, the Camden Harbour Inn stands out among the rest. During the winter months, the inn transforms from summer’s seaside beacon of respite from the bustling crowds to a cozy, romantic hideaway. After a day of fresh air and taking the in the sights, there is nothing more rewarding than putting your feet up by the fire or heading to the spa. After that, take a seat at the bar for a warming cocktail or fantastic bottle of wine followed by an unforgettable dining experience at the Inn’s award-winning restaurant, Natalie’s. This winter hit the powder and take in Maine’s winter beauty on one (or two!) of these trails. If you have any questions about Camden’s Ragged Mountain Preserve or the Camden Harbour Inn call today!

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