May 22, 2018
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Foliage hikes scheduled at state parks

By From Staff Reports, Special to the BDN

The Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands has joined with the Maine Forest Service and Project Learning Tree to offer four guided foliage hikes in coming weeks.

The hikes are the first of their kind offered by Maine’s state parks, and all are easy, family-friendly trips through some of the most beautiful foliage in the state.

The hikes, which are free with paid statepark admission:

• Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle.

• Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Grafton Notch State Park.

• Oct. 11 from 2-2:30 p.m. at Bradbury Mountain State Park.

• Oct. 11 from 1-3:30 p.m. at Camden Hills State Park.

For more information on the hikes, go to, or call Gary Bell at 287-5976.

Two Belfast-area outings set

The Belfast Bay Watershed Coalition is planning two outings in October.

On Oct. 2, the group will hold a full-moon paddle to Hothole Pond in Orland via Alamoosook Lake, the Dead River and Hothole Stream. Scott Bennett of Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust will lead the group.

Participants should meet at 5:30 p.m. at Craig Brook National Fish Hatchery and bring canoes, kayaks, personal floatation devices, paddles, water and snacks.

The paddle depends on a full moon, so if skies are cloudy, the trip will be held on Oct. 3.

On Oct. 10, the group will stage a hike to the heart of the Sheepscot River headwaters. The three-mile hike will be led by Buck O’Herin, executive director of the Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance.

Participants should meet in the Reny’s parking lot in Belfast at 9:30 a.m.

For more information about either outing, call 338-1147 or 338-4427.

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