Do you have spring fever? Anxious to open the windows, get outside, spot some green grass? We understand! Dirigo residents have been known to help spring along and rake the last of the snow from the putting green as soon as spring has sprung. One of the best ways to take advantage of sunny weather is to enjoy one of the walking trails at and near Dirigo Pines!
We’re fortunate at Dirigo to have residents dedicated to keeping our trail brochures up-to-date and even offering occasional Interpretive Trail walking tours. Our extensive trail system connects in with the Orono Land Trust’s Sklar Park trail system, a 40-acre parcel situated at the west end of Main St., between Route 2 and I-95.
Orono Land Trust also maintains the Stillwater River Trail, which follows an old rail bed constructed in 1860’s. he faint patterns of old railroad ties and occasional spikes can be seen on parts of the trail. This trail is a great one for spotting beaver dens along the river’s edges. Just be sure to avoid the abundant poison ivy in this area. Parking and trail access are available at the base of Noyes Drive at Brownie’s Park.
And if you haven’t visited the Orono Bog Boardwalk, spring is the perfect time. The 4,200-foot Bog Boardwalk opened in June 2003. It is easily accessed via Bangor City Forest and is wheelchair accessible. The bog is an outstanding example of a raised peat bog with various habitat types. The area was designated as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service in 1974. For more information and directions visit: www.oronobogwalk.org.
For more trails and hiking ideas to get out and shake off that spring fever, visit oronolandtrust.org.