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Jan
1
Wed
First Day Hike at Bradbury Mountain @ Bradbury Mountain State Park
Jan 1 @ 10:00 am
First Day Hike at Bradbury Mountain @ Bradbury Mountain State Park | Pownal | Maine | United States

Maine Guide Jeanne Christy will lead this First Day Hike to the summit of Bradbury Mt. Along the way you’ll learn about the history of the park, species identification and tracking. This 1.5-mile hike will be up the Northern Loop Trail, and down the Switchback Trail, where hike participants will be able to get warmed with a nice cup of hot cocoa by a bonfire. Wear warm clothes and sturdy footwear. Plan on one to two hours.

This annual event, in partnership with the National Association of America’s State Parks, inspired nearly 55,000 people across the country last year to collectively walk over 133,000 miles on the guided hikes, that included snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, on New Year’s Day.

Contact Name: Bradbury Mountain State Park
Contact Phone: (207)688-4712
Website: http://www.maine.gov/bradburymountain
Cost: Free park admission for First Day Hike participants!
Co-Sponsor: National Association of America’s State Parks https://www.stateparks.org/

FMI: https://www.maine.gov/dacf/parks/discover_history_explore_nature/activities/eventinfo.shtml?id=1781599

First Day Hike at First Day Hike at Lily Bay State Park @ Lily Bay State Park
Jan 1 @ 12:00 pm

Join us for a leisurely 3-mile hike near Moosehead Lake to investigate the wonders of the season. There will also be a 1-mile hike for beginners. Snacks and hot drinks provided at end of hike along with a warm bonfire. Wear warm clothes and boots or snowshoes. Meet at the entry booth parking lot (Rte. 15/6 to Lily Bay Rd. to State Park Rd.)

This annual event, in partnership with the National Association of America’s State Parks, inspired nearly 55,000 people across the country last year to collectively walk over 133,000 miles on the guided hikes, that included snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, on New Year’s Day

Contact Name: Lily Bay State Park
Contact Phone: (207) 695-2700
Website: http://www.maine.gov/lilybay
Cost: Free park admission for First Day Hike participants!
Co-Sponsor: National Association of America’s State Parks https://www.stateparks.org/

FMI: www.maine.gov

First Day Hike at Holbrook Island Sanctuary @ Holbrook Island Sanctuary
Jan 1 @ 1:00 pm

Join us for a leisurely mile and a half walk, for all ages, to enjoy the peacefulness of the coast of Maine. We will meet at the Backshore Trail parking area and walk old roads out to the shoreline trail with views of Holbrook and Islesboro Islands. We will break at Goose Falls (a reversing tidal waterfall) and return by Back Road. Snacks and hot drinks provided. Please bring appropriate footwear and clothing for the conditions. Leashed pets are welcome.

This annual event, in partnership with the National Association of America’s State Parks, inspired nearly 55,000 people across the country last year to collectively walk over 133,000 miles on the guided hikes, that included snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, on New Year’s Day.

Contact Name: Holbrook Island Sanctuary State Park
Contact Phone: (207) 326-4012
Website: http://www.maine.gov/holbrookisland
Cost: Free; no admission charged.
Co-Sponsor: National Association of America’s State Parks https://www.stateparks.org/

Related Documents: First Day Hike at Holbrook Island Sanctuary (pdf 468 KB)

FMI: www.maine.gov

First Day Hike At Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park @ Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park
Jan 1 @ 2:00 pm

Join us for a leisurely 0.3 mile guided walk to enjoy ‘Winter in the Woods’ and Join us for a leisurely 0.3 mile guided walk to enjoy ‘Winter in the Woods’ and learn how plants and animals survive the cold winter months. Wear warm clothes and sturdy footwear. Meet at the benches by the second parking lot. Plan on one hour. Pets are welcome but must be on a leash at all times. Hot cocoa and cookies will be provided after the hike.

This annual event, in partnership with the National Association of America’s State Parks, inspired nearly 55,000 people across the country last year to collectively walk over 133,000 miles on the guided hikes, that included snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, on New Year’s Day.

Contact Name: Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park
Contact Phone: (207) 865-4465
Website: http://www.maine.gov/wolfesneckwoods
Cost: Free park admission for First Day Hike participants!
Co-Sponsor: National Association of America’s State Parks https://www.stateparks.org/

FMI: www.maine.gov

Feb
8
Sat
Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek @ Pisgah Hill
Feb 8 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Pisgah Hill Full Moon Trek @ Pisgah Hill

Join as many as a hundred RRCT members, neighbors, trustees, toddlers, grandparents and friends to hike the loop trail, share some cheer at the summit, sip hot cocoa, toast marshmallows, and hoot or howl at the big orange rising moon.

2020 year brings RRCT’s 9th annual mountain-top moonrise trek and bonfire. All the fun happens at Pisgah Hill Preserve, 74 Dougherty Road, New Gloucester near the Pownal town line.

The sun sets at 5:01 pm and the moon rises at 4:55 pm (in theory). It takes almost a half hour for the moon to rise over Tryon & Bradbury Mountains to the east of Pisgah Hill. Plan to start your hike between 4:30 pm (best for sunset) and 6:30 pm (well-lit full moon woods) and plan on 30 solid minutes of hiking time on this 1.5 mile lollipop-style loop trail (1 mile loop with a 0.5 mile stick). The trail is well-marked and typically lighted with luminaries for the return. Gentle elevation rise and a rickety bridge on the trail requires some effort; assistance for the elderly or toddlers may be required for one or two steep ledge steps. Bring snowshoes or sturdy boots with grippers, poles, a flashlight or headlamp, a blanket, water, and lots of good cheer. We’ll provide marshmallows and more.

The trailhead has a small parking lot which fills quickly. Most vehicles line the shoulder of Dougherty Road.

FMI: rrct.org/events/pisgah-hill-full-moon-trek/