Covered bridge, winding river, and a wide-open pond with a sandy beach to picnic on and the white mountains as a backdrop. This paddle has all the things.
Rappel down 100-foot Ripley Falls in Crawford Notch in New Hampshire's White Mountains, even if you've never rappelled down anything before. Waterfall rappelling is exciting and thrilling and kinda scary at first - but mostly it's just cool.
Sandy Moore and Kimberlee Bennett, authors of "Paddling Southern Maine," were kind enough to share some of their favorite paddles - from coastal routes to easy-going rivers.
During a sunset or full moon canoe tour on the Scarborough Marsh, you'll get a sunset (and maybe a moon rise) on the water, in a canoe, at a place that's supremely scenic and filled with all sorts of marsh wildlife, with a knowledgeable guide who can name all the birds and the fish and even point out some planets in the night sky.
Summer heat calls for cool dips in Maine's lakes, rivers, and that refreshingly cold ocean - but first, a hike in the Maine (or New Hampshire) woods. These hike-and-swim pairings, ranging from easy-going trails to more difficult mountain summits.
Borestone Mountain Audubon Sanctuary offers a pretty rockin' hike up Borestone Mountain and a small Nature Center chock full of outdoor education - from animal ID to insect life cycles, rocks and leaves and skulls and a selection of scat common to the area.
During a fall paddle on Chauncey Creek in Kittery, were greeted by marsh grass, an audience of trees, and the easy-going tidal waters of the salt marsh as we navigated through the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge toward Brave Boat Harbor.
You don't HAVE to take a 50-minute ferry ride to Monhegan Island to enjoy a day of spectacular hiking along high cliffs and rocky coastline followed by a cold beer in the sunshine at a local brewery. But it'd be a lot cooler if you did.
Enjoy the outdoors close to home, including but not limited to: watching a sunrise, making a sunrise, googling 'dragonfly reproduction,' pretending you're a stealth forest spy, paddleboarding on your driveway, staring at birds and fungus in your backyard, and becoming a champion of the thrilling new sport of indoor hiking.
The northeast's tallest peak AND home to some of the worst weather in the world. Two reasons that make people really really want to hike Mount Washington, even in the winter. Maine Alpine Guiding leads winter hikes on the mountain all season.