Favorite places in Maine: Aroostook State Park

Children and adults enjoyed the sliding hill at Aroostook State Park during the third annual Take It Outside Winter Family Fun Day in February. Participants brought their own sleds or toboggans for a fast 200-yard run down the hill out onto Echo Lake. Hundreds of people came to the Presque Isle park on Saturday to ski, showshoe, ice skate, take dog sled rides and more. (BDN/Jen Lynds)
Children and adults enjoyed the sliding hill at Aroostook State Park during the third annual Take It Outside Winter Family Fun Day in February. Participants brought their own sleds or toboggans for a fast 200-yard run down the hill out onto Echo Lake. Hundreds of people came to the Presque Isle park on Saturday to ski, showshoe, ice skate, take dog sled rides and more. (BDN/Jen Lynds)
Posted Nov. 24, 2010, at 11:07 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:29 p.m.

Considered by many to be one of Aroostook County’s hidden gems, Aroostook State Park is increasingly popular thanks to a wealth of new activities that have sprung up in the last few years. The park is the state’s first and now includes more than 800 acres.

The park has several light to moderate hiking trails that take you up to Quaggy Jo Mountain, which has excellent views of vast forest and farmland and is hugely popular in the fall for its spectacular views of the foliage. Hikers will see a variety of birds and wildlife along the journey. In the winter, the groomed trails are open for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Groomed snowmobile trails wind through the park.

Those who want a more relaxing experience can check out Echo Lake, a pristine waterway available for boating, fishing, canoeing and swimming.

Numerous camp sites also are available, but you have to book early — spots fill up very quickly. Park officials have lured more local, regional and out-of-state people to the park in the last few years with various events, such as the “Take It Outside” Winter Family Fun Day and the Aroos-took State Park Birding Festival.

For information, visit the website or call 768-8341.

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