This weekend marks the 7th Great Maine Outdoor Weekend, a 3-day event that promotes over 100 outdoor events and activities all across the state of Maine. Organized by the Maine Outdoor Coalition, the weekend-long celebration features hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, stargazing, and much more with the help of dozens of outdoor organizations from York to Machias to Fort Kent and Madawaska.
So what types of events are being held? Here's 13 ways to celebrate this fall's Great Maine Outdoor Weekend. Don't forget to visit www.GreatMaineOutdoorWeekend.org for a complete list of all events.
1) Hawk Watch on Cadillac Mt, Bar Harbor
September 26 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Recurring Event (See all) Acadia National Park’s Hawk Watch on Cadillac Mountain has recently become a collaborative effort between the park’s Interpretive Division and Schoodic Institute’s Bird Ecology Program. The 2014 monitoring effort begins on Aug. 18th and will continue through October with daily coverage from 9 AM – 2 PM daily, weather permitting. In addition to hawks, observers will be keeping track of hummingbirds, butterflies and dragonflies. The vantage point of Cadillac Mountain allows observers and visitors to see the phenomenon of migration.
2) Free Bike Rentals at Wolfe’s Neck Farm, Freeport
September 26 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Recurring Event (See all) Enjoy the peaceful country roads and scenic vistas by bicycle! We have a fleet of L.L. Bean bicycles ready for your next adventure. **Free hour-long bicycle rentals for children and adults are available during the September Great Maine Outdoor Weekend – September 26-28 from 10am-2pm! Take advantage of this special GMOW offer! Wolfe’s Neck Farm has a limited number of bicycles, so reservations are required.
3) Stand-Up Paddleboard on Casco Bay with Portland Paddle, Portland
September 26 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Dusk is the most beautiful time to be on Casco Bay. Bring your own stand-up paddleboard or use one of ours for a casual sunset paddle from our location at East End Beach! We’ll leave at 4:30 pm, choosing a route based on the day’s conditions and the comfort levels of our paddlers. Free if you bring your own board, rentals available. If you need to rent a board from us, we’ll give you a 10% discount! Visit portlandpaddle.net
4) Waterfall Discovery Hike, Baxter State Park
September 27 @ 7:45 am - 1:00 pm
Closest Town: Millinocket, ME Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate Distance: 2.6 miles round trip Features: Little and Big Niagara Falls, Appalachian Trail Description: On Saturday, September 27, 2014 the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) invites families to take a hike on the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) ATC invites people of all ages and hiking abilities to get outside and experience the adventure of being active on the Trail. ATC’s Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) in Millinocket, Tom Sobol, will be leading
5) Monmouth a la Mode, Winthrop
September 27 @ 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
A scenic bicycle tour on quiet back roads from Winthrop to the Annual Monmouth AppleFest. In years past we discovered this great little small town festival devoted to celebrating all things pomological in one of Maine’s classic apple towns. The festival features lots of hot, baked apple pies and other apple treats, yard sales and open houses, fun and games, and self-guided tours of the Monmouth Historical Society’s many unique museum buildings and shops. It’s a great ride, too
6) Apple Pumpkin Festival, Livermore Falls
September 27 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Celebrating Fall in the Androscoggin River Valley. This fun family event includes food, music, games, vendors, and artisans. Returning this year again are the Tiger Slide, Bounce House and Rock Climbing Wall. We will once again have Scarecrow Alley. Kids decorate a scarecrow for the festival and set them up for a walk-thru and best in show will receive a prize! New this year, a pie eating contest! Several categories of age groups, adults and children will compete for prizes
7) Eagle Rock Trail Grand Opening Hike, Greenville
September 27 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Join a guided hike celebrating and unveiling a new 3.7 mile (one-way) hike to stunning vistas along the western flank of Big Moose Mt. Throughout 2014, Maine Conservation Corps trail crews have been constructing this new route across Plum Creek land to dramatic Eagle Rock -starting from the boundary of ME Parks and Lands’ Little Moose Public Lands. The trail passes through working forest and a forest reserve. Great foliage and tremendous views of the Moosehead Lake Region.
8) Orienteering Outing at Bradbury, Pownal
September 27 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us at Bradbury Mountain to try your hand at orienteering. We have a course suitable for beginners to veterans that will help improve your skills at this awesome sport and provide a great deal of fun for all. An expert will be there to teach skills and take new comers through the course.
9) MOFF Selects Tour & Teens to Trails at L.L.Bean, Freeport
September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and join us for couple hours of Maine Outdoor Film Festival films at Discovery Park at L.L.Bean in Freeport! You’ll also have a chance to learn about Teens to Trails - an organization dedicated to supporting high school outing clubs and the 2014 beneficiary of the Maine Outdoor Film Festival! Teens to Trails will also be taking MOFF On Tour to reach more teens and raise awareness in their communities
10) Star Party on Cadillac, Acadia
September 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Drop-in, as park rangers and local astronomers point out constellations and other night sky features visible with the naked eye, binoculars, and telescopes. Park at Hulls Cove Visitor’s Center for the free shuttle service 7:30-10:30pm; parking at summit restricted to handicap accessible only. Weather-permitting.
11) Fall Foliage Paddle at the Androscoggin Riverlands, Turner
September 28 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Celebrate fall with a paddle on Gulf Island Pond, along the shore of the Androscoggin Riverlands State Park. The paddling trip will depart from the boat access on Center Bridge Road in Turner at the northern end of the park, and include a round trip of approximately eight miles depending on the weather and water conditions. Paddlers will follow the shoreline of the recently designated state park, a property first conserved in the early 1990′s
12) Skowhegan Fall Fest 2014, Skowhegan
September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
A great way to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends while experiencing what our great state and community have to offer. This free event for all ages will be held at Lake George Regional Park on the west side. There will be trail tours, scavenger hunt, rock climbing wall, arts n crafts, kayaking and canoeing. Lake George Regional park is located on Route #2 between Skowhegan and Canaan.
13) Guided Tour of Natural Communities, Bangor
September 28 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Hike the beautiful Northeast Penjajawoc Preserve trails in Bangor with leader Shirley Ellis. You’ll find four different natural communities on this preserve. You’ll find a hidden treasure that is located very near the highly-developed Bangor Mall area. It’s a perfect spot to get away for a brief period from a hectic day of shopping. Full trail hike is 1.7 miles.
Learn more about the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend at www.GreatMaineOutdoorWeekend.org