Are you planning on visiting Maine's Aroostook Region this summer? If so, you may want to take time out of your busy schedule to engage in a hike. In my opinion, the region offers several great hiking spots. Here's a quick peek at some of the best ones:
Aroostook State Park
Aroostook State Park is located in Aroostook County. It features roughly 3 miles of marked trails. One of the main trails leads to the Quaggy Jo Mountain's South Peak. It is a sweat-breaking, steep trail that is best suited for well seasoned, stalwart hikers. The other main trail leads to the mountain's North Peak. The North Peak Trail is longer and connects to the South Peak Trail. It also offers steep terrain and spectacular views. Park highlights include views of Echo Lake and plentiful bird watching opportunities. Haystack Mountain, which offers additional hiking opportunities, is also located nearby.
Deboullie Public Reserved Land
Deboullie Public Reserved Land is located in Aroostook County. It features 12 miles of summer hiking trails. I'd suggest that hikers consider taking the 4 mile long Deboullie Mountain Trail because it offers access to the ice caves. While at the ice caves, fortunate hikers may catch a glimpse of an arctic sandwort. It is a rare perennial herb that typically flowers during the summer months. Other park highlights include 17 ponds, ample shady spots, an ecological reserve, challenging switchbacks and stellar views.
Round Pond Public Reserved Land
Round Pond Public Reserved Land is located in Aroostook County. It features approximately 5 miles of summer hiking trails. I'd suggest that seasoned hikers take the Round Pond Mountain Trail. The terrain is a bit rough in spots. As such, the use of proper footwear is advised. While on the trail, hikers should be on the lookout for white baneberry. It is an odd looking, poisonous plant. Its berries remind me of eyeballs. They form in clusters and connect to a bright red stalk. Other park highlights include views of Round Pond, the Allagash Wilderness Waterway and ample shade.
Salmon Brook Lake Bog Public Lands
Salmon Brook Lake Bog Public Lands in located in Aroostook County. It features multi-use trails. I'd suggest that summer hikers consider taking the 4.7 mile long looped trail. It has varying terrain, a boardwalk and a great viewing platform. From the platform, hikers can check out the area's flora and fauna, including the swamp fly-honeysuckle and mystery vertigo. Mystery vertigo is a diminutive land snail. It often sports a cinnamon colored shell.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys summer sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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