It’s official name is Rolland F. Perry City Forest, but most locals just refer to the 680-plus acres of wildlife habitat and forested land next to the hustle and bustle of a city with a population of some 32,000 people as Bangor City Forest.
The popular haven in the midst of a metropolitan area features more than 9 miles of trails suitable for hiking, running, biking and — especially this time of year — snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. The city-owned oasis also offers more than 4 miles of roads for easy access and is open year-round.
The forest is peaceful and pristine, and it has a re-energizing effect on those who stroll, sprint, pedal or ski their way through its environs.
With the popular Orono Bog Boardwalk now closed for the season, the forest is a perfect destination for people who want to get out into the great outdoors without having to drive hundreds — or even tens — of miles to get to it.
Bangor city ordinances do not allow hunting at the forest or unauthorized use of motor vehicles on the access roads and trails. Bangor’s firearms discharge ordinance prohibits the discharge of firearms in the Walden-Parke Preserve.
The Bangor City Forest can be reached via Tripp Drive and Kittredge Road, which is at the intersection of Hogan Road and Stillwater Avenue, near the Bangor Mall. Tripp Drive is off Stillwater, just 1½ mile north of Stillwater Avenue and Hogan Road. Those traveling north on Interstate 95 can take either Exit 186 onto Stillwater Avenue or Exit 187 onto Hogan Road. If you’re headed south on I-95, take Exit 187.