At Oxbow Beer Garden in Oxford, you can cross-county ski, snowshoe, or fat bike on the trails - for free - then head inside the restaurant for pizza and beer. Maybe head out back and loiter by the bonfire if you're so inclined.
The Winnick Wander trail is a new 1.5-mile loop in Cape Elizabeth's Winnick Woods. Designed as a multi-use trail for walkers, runners, and mountain bikers of ALL levels, the consistent grades and smoother surface make it particularly accessible to novice riders and kids.
Active ways to explore Maine, whether you're visiting Maine for a short time or you live here all year long. Hike, bike, paddle, and walk - and make brag-worthy memories along the way.
Single Track Sisters is a women's mountain biking group in greater Portland. They meet twice a week for area rides, and the Monday night ride is beginner friendly.
The 12 maps cover the towns of Bath, Gray, Falmouth, Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Westbrook, Windham, Kennebunkport, Biddeford, and Gorham, and trails are color-coded by their level (beginner, novice, intermediate, and advance).
Back40 rounds up a range of guided outdoor adventures - for novices and more experienced folks - offered by guides from around Maine, as well as New Hampshire and Vermont.
For novice mountain bikers - or curious folks who'd like to give it a try - there are free mountain biking skills classes being held every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Eastern Prom and Stroudwater Trail in Portland.
Getting outside onto the road, trail, or water is a life-enhancing experience on its own. But it's also way more fun when you're with other people who also love to hike, paddle, run, and ride. Check out these Facebook groups and Meetups to meet people who like doing what you like doing!