So pack your snowshoes, skis and a few boxes of candy hearts. Here are 14 outdoor activities that are sure to make for a romantic Valentine's Day weekend <3
(Events are included in the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend)
Snowshoe for your Heart's Health
February 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm | Free
121 Crockett Ridge Road, Norway, ME
Join the Western Foothills Land Trust for a guided snowshoe at the Shepard’s Farm Preserve in Norway. This event is free, and snowshoes are available to borrow by calling 207-739-2124.
February 14 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm | Free
Owls are courting and nesting in February! A park ranger will share the habits of owls then we will look and listen for these mysterious nocturnal predators.
Depending on snow conditions, plan to bring snowshoes or very warm boots. Be prepared for the weather and pack a flashlight. Minimum age is 5. Some equipment will be available for a rental fee.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a quiet moonlit evening in the park!
Please register by contacting us at (207) 288-8812 / email@example.com
February 14 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Free
Full Moon Public Ice Skating Party for all ages on Friday, February 14th, from 5-7pm at the Cottage Street Ice Rink.
Ice skates are available at no charge inside the New Balance Warming Hut. We will also have a bonfire, music and a potluck refreshment table.
FMI contact Norway Parks & Recreation Director Deb Partridge at 743-6651 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 14 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm |Recurring Event | 1.50 (adults)
Come explore the trails at Vaughan Woods State Park in South Berwick, Maine!
Some snowshoes are available free to use and trails are nice, and if weather is nice enough, we will be tapping some Maple Trees for sap and boiling down to syrup!
For More information, please contact Glenn Dochtermann: (207)384-5160 / email@example.com
February 14 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm | Free
Join other Friends of Baxter State Park members for a winter day hike in the Camden Hills! We’ll climb Bald Rock in Lincolnville and enjoy sweeping views over a wintry Penobscot Bay. Poles, YakTrax, and other forms of winter traction are highly recommended, and snowshoes may be necessary depending on snow conditions.
Bring a bag lunch, and meet at the Bald Rock trailhead at the junction of Youngtown Road and Route 173. We’ll warm up with coffee and hot cocoa at Dot’s Bakery & Cafe in Lincolnville after the hike – a great opportunity to get some Valentine’s Day sweets!
Please contact Aaron at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
February 14 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm | Free
Join us for this sweetheart of a hike! Hikers will meet at 4 p.m. to catch the winter sun set at 5:10 p.m. and the full moon rise at 5:15 p.m. from the summit of Bald pate Mountain in South Bridgton.
Proper winter clothing, boots, snowshoes and headlamp required. Snacks and fluids recommended.
DIRECTIONS: From Portland, follow Rt. 302 west. Before coming into Bridgton, look for Rt. 117 on left. Bear left from 117 onto 107. After approx. 5 miles you will pass Five Fields Farm Orchard. On the crest of the hill after the orchard, you’ll see sign for Bald Pate Mountain on the left side of the road.
February 14 @ 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm | Free
Pack a thermos of hot chocolate and join us for a night hike. The full moon rising will illuminate our path. We will snowshoe if conditions allow, depending on conditions snowshoes may not be needed. Please dress for the weather and pack a flashlight. We will hike if it is snowing.
Meet at the Sunrise Trail Kiosk across the street from Helen’s Restaurant in Machias.
February 14 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Free
Please join the Royal River Conservation Trust on the Pownal-New Gloucester line on Friday, February 14th, 2014, between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm, for our signature winter event with hospitality.
Join RRCT board members and volunteers, and welcome new members and friends. We’ll watch the Valentine’s full moon rise from RRCT’s most recent and largest preserve, Pisgah Hill Preserve, with hospitality next door in the barn of Terry DeWan and Nancy Wines-DeWan.
Depending upon snow conditions plan to bring skis or snowshoes or very sturdy boots. Dogs are welcome on leash or under control. Flashlights or headlamps are recommended for safety but best kept stowed if skies are clear.
For more information, contact Kyle Warren (207)632-6112 / email@example.com
February 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm | Free
Bring your valentine and celebrate Great Maine Outdoor Weekend with a full moon hike in the Great Pond Mtn. Wildlands. Depending on conditions, we’ll hike, snowshoe and/or ski the Dead River Trail and enjoy the open, moonlit views. We’ll call for owls, too! Meet at Craig Brook Nat’l Fish Hatchery parking lot to carpool up the road. Rain/snow date Feb. 15. Check your e-mail or our website the day before for any trail changes or cancellations due to ice or snow cover.
This event is FREE but we’ll be accepting donations for our volunteers Gene Behrenshauser and Kim Hunter, whose home was damaged in a fire recently. Want to give but can’t come? Send GPMCT a check (write FIRE in the memo) or contact Jennifer Riefler, 469-2045 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
February 14 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm | Free
The Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance will host a full moon Valentine’s Day ski/snowshoe on Long Pond. Meet at the Maine Lakes Resource Center Feb 14 at 6pm, and further instructions will be given on where the ski will start.
PLEASE REGISTER by contacting BRCA at (207)495-6039 / email@example.com
February 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm | Free
This is an opportunity to get outdoors on a moonlit winter evening, to experience nature from a different perspective.
We will travel without any artificial light along the trail which follows the old Eastern Railroad bed to a point just beyond the Biddeford – Arundel town line . We pass by an area that has had a great deal of beaver activity with signs of the activity visible from trail.
No flashlights or pets please.
The trailhead is at the rear of the SMMC parking lot near the maintenance building. The SMMC campus is on the right side of Route 111 as you go from the Maine Turnpike toward Biddeford.
February 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
At 6:30 PM on Friday February 14th, a Moonlight Cross-Country Ski Tour will take place at Aldermere Farm in Rockport as part of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. A guide as well as the full moon and luminaries will light the way along the groomed trails that run through the large open pastures at the Farm as well as through some of the wooded areas. At the end of the trail, there will be a small bonfire, hot chocolate, and treats to enjoy. Previous experience on skis is recommended, and participants should bring all their own gear, including a headlamp or flashlight for skiing through the darker wooded sections.
Reservations are required due to limited space, so please call Aldermere Farm at 236-2739 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve space for you and your friends. These tours are free to the public, but donations are appreciated. Volunteers are also needed to be guides or to bring some baked goods to share, so please call the farm if you are able to help out. Meet at the main barn at 20 Russell Avenue at 6:30 PM and then everyone will hit the trail together shortly thereafter. Parking is along the roadside of Russell Avenue.
For those who cannot make the guided tours, Aldermere Farm’s trails are open to the general public during daylight hours. There are two access points to the ski trails. One is across the road from the Aldermere Farm sign near 20 Russell Ave., and the other is down the side road off of Russell Ave., across from Calderwood Lane (look for the open gate through the cattle pen). In both locations, please park on the shoulder of Russell Avenue where the snow has been cleared. FMI: www.aldermere.org.
February 15 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am | Free
Join us for a Valentine’s Day Snowshoe at Eaton Farm! Dogs, people and their loved ones are welcome to join for a winter romp around the beautiful Back River Trail at Eaton Farm, a 200-acre nature preserve on the water in Wiscasset, Maine.
Dog owners, please bring a leash and bags for carrying out doggie waste. Also, Eaton Farm is a refuge for wintering deer, so dogs will need to be on leash or under voice control. Doggie treats will be provided for all furry friends. Please come ready for an hour or more of winter fun.
Equipment is available up on request – contact Betta (207)882-7323 / email@example.com.
February 15 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm | Suggested donation of $7/person
Enjoy a nighttime snowshoe excursion with Mount A guides and the Center for Wildlife on Saturday, February 15th for a “Valentine’s Family Moonrise Snowshoe”. Bring your loved ones to Mount Agamenticus for a Learning Lodge program, meet live wildlife ambassadors, and then strap on your snowshoes for a guided hike through the woods.
Meet at the Summit Park. Program begins at 5:30 p.m., moonrise viewing at 6:14 p.m., followed by hour long hike.
Please visit www.yorkcenterforwildlife.org/news.htm for more info and to register!
Directions to Summit Park:
FROM OGUNQUIT: From Ogunquit center, travel south approximately 3.8 miles on US Route 1. Flo’s Hot Dogs will be on your left. Turn right onto Mountain Road. Travel 1.5 miles to stop sign. Turn right and travel 2.7 miles to a gravel parking lot and the Mount A access road on your right. Turn right and drive to the summit.
FROM YORK: Take I-95 Exit 7 to US Route 1 and travel northbound approximately 3.5 miles. Flo’s Hot Dogs will be on your right. Turn left on Mountain Road. Travel 1.5 miles to stop sign. Turn right and travel 2.7 miles to a gravel parking lot and the Mount A access road on your right. Turn right and drive to the summit.
Information courtesy of the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. www.GreatMaineOutdoorWeekend.org