Bags of candy corn have begun appearing on the shelves at CVS. The kids are back in school. I just saw the Facebook event for Goodwill’s annual Ghoulwill Ball (It’s Oct. 20, BTW). I’d say all signs are pointing to the impending fall, except I still haven’t stopped sweating from Maine’s most-recent heat wave and I’m actually longing for a cool breeze, crunchy leaves, and the desire to one day want to eat soup again.
That said, it’s easy to get caught up in the “summer’s over!” mania that tends to hit this time of year. But summer is NOT over. Not yet. We still have three weeks to milk this season for all it’s worth. So let’s milk it.
If you haven’t gotten on a paddleboard, tried goat yoga, run a 5k, or taken a surf lesson, there’s still time! (But, like, not a lot of it, so get on it.)
Here are 19 active things you can still do this summer:
Go on a hike and hit a swimming hole
You can hike all year, but swimming season is short in Maine. And with the hot weather we’ve been having lately, a cool dip sounds glorious. To help you find the perfect place to hike and swim, check this roundup: 20+ trail hikes that include a refreshing swimming hole dip
Hike the Bold Coast
Cutler Coast is often called the “Bold Coast” for reasons that become readily clear the moment you set eyes on those cliffs. There are 10 miles of trails here, including 3.5 miles of coastal trail, where you can look down into the Bay of Fundy from atop the cliffs or walk through meadows of chest-high flowers before ducking back onto the tree-covered trail.
FMI: Hike the Bold Coast at Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land (plus camping at Cobscook)
ALSO: You can hike here with a group during this weekend with North Star Adventures Sept. 15-16: Women’s Backpacking: Cutler Coast
Go waterfall-hunting (and hiking and paddling) in Rangeley
The wonders of Rangeley are too many to count, but you’ll have a grand time trying to cram as much hiking, paddling, and waterfall-hunting as you can into your visit (whether that’s late summer or fall). Here are some ideas for your next visit:
FMI: Adventuring in Rangeley: Hiking, paddling, and waterfalls all over the place
Camp in Canada: Campobello and Grand Manan Islands
A half-day ride away, New Brunswick, Canada, offers some fun island camping and hiking adventures that are easy to reach by car (and don’t require a full week of vacation). Campobello Island is accessible by bridge from Lubec while Grand Manan requires an easy and affordable ferry ride (humans and cars) from Blacks Harbour, less than a one-hour ride northeast of the Calais border crossing.
FMI: Hike and camp on a Canadian island this summer: Campobello & Grand Manan
Hike Tumbledown Mountain
Tumbledown is one of my favorite hikes. The Brook Trail goes right up to the summit, where a pond awaits (you’ll earn that cool dip for sure!). The pond and views are worth it, and this mountain is only 2 hours from Portland, which means it makes for a great day trip. Or you can stay a day or two at nearby Mount Blue State Park.
FMI: Hiking, paddling, swimming, camping at Mount Blue State Park, Weld
Work out outside!
Sure, Old Port Pub Run, Trail Runners of Midcoast Maine, Biddeford Saco Boot Camp, Maine Boot Camp, Thick Quad Squad, and Portland Sweat Project go year-round (outdoors, in the snow!), but late-summer is the best outdoor workout weather. There’s plenty of yoga, running, and boot camps to enjoy while it’s still warm enough to sweat your brains out in shorts.
FMI: Outdoor workouts in the Fit Maine calendar
Paddle the Scarborough Marsh
Sept. 1 and 2
Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center
Explore the Scarborough Marsh by canoe with a self-guided tour. Labor Day weekend is the last weekend that the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center will be open for kayak and canoe rentals. Rental hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (the last boat has to be back by 5 p.m.) Get yourself a boat enjoy the winding marsh waters and wildlife.
Hiking Yoga with Yoga on York
Do mountain pose ON A MOUNTAIN. Or tree pose among trees. And have the yoga instructor guide you to reach for the sky or point your toes toward the ocean. Yoga on York has two more chances to join them on a Saturday-morning hiking yoga class. It’s about 15 minutes to hike up Mount Agamenticus, followed by yoga at the summit. $20 drop-in. 7 a.m. Sept 2.
Fit Maine did it! Hiking yoga on Mount Agamenticus with Yoga on York
Seaside Yoga at Bug Light Park
Bug Light Park, South Portland
Kelly Rich Yoga has led donation-based yoga at Bug Light Park all summer, and there’s still outdoor yoga to be had. Classes are offered multiple days a week into early October (weather depending, of course). All levels are welcome, the views of Portland harbor are outstanding, and there’s a suggested donation of $10-$15.
Fit Maine tried it! Yoga at Bug Light Park in South Portland with Kelly Rich (and amazing views!)
SUP lesson with Portland Paddle
Portland Paddle, East End, Portland
Saturdays and Sundays through September
If this was the summer you were going to try paddleboarding, you can still take a lesson with Portland Paddle. Lessons are Saturdays from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and Sundays 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through September. Cost is $40 per person and includes all the gear and instruction.
ALSO: Portland Paddle also offers guided kayak and SUP tours, overnights, and multi-day paddles in Casco Bay.
August 31 and Sept 1
Smiling Hill Farm, Westbrook
Goat yoga has been a thing for a few summers now. If you’ve been wanting to go but haven’t yet, you have a few more opportunities! Ashley Flowers is teaching a couple more classes at Smiling Hill Farm in Westbrook. No yoga experience necessary, and no judgement if you spend the entire time petting a goat.The last two classes are Friday, August 31 at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 1 at 8:30 a.m.
ALSO: Another goat yoga class at Sunflower Farm in Cumberland at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1! Fall Yoga with Goats!
Be Well Fall Favorites – Yoga & Apple Picking
Wallingford’s Orchard, Auburn
I stand by my assertion that Sept. 8 is not fall – that said, I think it’s just fine to revel in some orchard yoga and apple picking, even if the calendar still says summer. Join Be Well for a one-hour vinyasa flow followed by apple cider and donuts and a discount on apple picking (good for any day of the apple-picking season).
River Jam Festival and Dash to the Sea kayak race
Kayak race Sept 15 (festival Sept 14-15)
Biddeford and Saco
On Friday night, enjoy a beer garden, Fringe Fest, and a community pot luck. Saturday boasts a 5K, kayak race, and canoe on the Saco River (plus more family activities and lots of music).
Funky Bow Trail Hop
Funky Bow Brewery, Lyman
A 5K through the woods behind Funky Bow Brewery. First 150 who sign up will get a Funky Bow Trail Hop glass filled with beer. $35 entry. Race starts at 10 a.m.
FMI: runsignup.com and www.facebook.com
Loon Echo Trek
Shawnee Peak, Bridgton
A 6 mile route for recreational hikers that starts with a shuttle bus ride from Shawnee Peak Ski Area to the shuttle bus drop off at the Southwest Ridge Trail.
The course for the Mountain Challenge competition division of the Norway Savings Bank Loon Echo TREK starts at Shawnee Peak, proceeds up the ski area, across the ridge to the “Teepee” on the Southwest Ridge Trail, returning by the same route. The course is 8.4 miles in length. Afterward, enjoy a post hike/run lunch, Allagash beer, and party with live music!
FMI: www.loonecholandtrust.org and www.facebook.com
Paddle + Picnic on the Presumpscot River
Shaw Park, Gorham
This free group paddle on the Presumpscot is co-hosted by me – Fit Maine – and Kim Bennett and Sandy Moore, who wrote the book “Paddling Southern Maine.” It’s an easy-going paddle open to paddleboarders, canoeists and kayakers of all levels. BYO grub for the picnic and a food donation for the South Portland High School food pantry. Meets at 9 a.m.
SUP & SIP Paddleboard Yoga with KOAN Wellness
York Town Docks, York
SUP yoga classes are winding down with KOAN Wellness in York, but there are still a couple of cool events, like the SUP & SIP event on Sept. 16 from 5-7 p.m. The event includes a SUP yoga class and afterward there’s an option for some post-yoga drinks and snacks.
ALSO: There’s a Paddle the Harbor event, also with KOAN Wellness, from 9-11 a.m. on Sept. 9.
Fit Maine did it. Read more about it: Yoga on the water: Paddleboard Yoga with Koan Wellness in York
Trail to Ale 10K
Eastern Prom, Portland
Portland Trails knew running for beer and pizza was an awesome combination decades ago. This annual event is popular for good reason: pizza from Portland Pie and beer from Shipyard. But it’s also a scenic 10K along the Eastern Prom and Back Cove. Feel free to sprint it or walk it. Cost is $35. Race is at 9 a.m.
Full Moon Paddle on Pushaw Stream
Sept. 22 (which is, technically, fall, but whatever)
Hirundo Wildlife Refuge, Old Town
Beavers are nocturnal. Turns out, so is the moon. This happy coincidence means that, during a full moon paddle on Pushaw Stream, you’re surely going to spot some beavers. And – clouds depending – a big, fat, bright moon. Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Old Town leads guided canoe trips every month under the full moon.
The Sept. 22 paddle runs from 6-8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10, $5 for kids, and include a guide, canoe, paddle, and PFD.
Fit Maine checked it out: Full Moon Paddle at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge in Old Town
ALSO: Check out the Fall Paddle in the Morning at Hirundo Wildlife Refuge on Sept. 23.
Early fall fun
A few more events that technically fall into the “yes, it’s really autumn now” category but you should still check out:
– The Amazing Chase adventure race on Sept 22 in Windham.
– Ripple Across Portland, also an adventure race on Sept. 22 in Portland.
– Black & White 2 Peak Challenge trail running race on Sept. 23 in Rumford.
– Ragged Mountain Scuttle obstacle course race on Sept. 23 at the Camden Snow Bowl.
– Salsa Night with Primo Cubano & PM Salsa lesson and dancing in Congress Square Park, Portland on Sept. 28.
And, of course, you can always find loads of upcoming events in Maine by checking the Fit Maine calendar!