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Recreational use of the University Forests is heavy and varied.  The policy of the University Forests Office is to encourage non-motorized recreational use.  The Dwight B. Demeritt Forest gets 35,000-50,000 recreational visits annually.  The Forest offers walking, jogging, biking, and skiing on miles of gravel roads and marked trails.  A paved bike path extends from Old Town to the main campus.  The forest has over three miles of frontage on the Stillwater River, providing canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and swimming opportunities.  Horseback riding is allowed along certain roads and trails.  The University Forests Office coordinates recreational use and improvements, and a Recreational Use Advisory Committee is comprised of university staff and students, as well as representatives from local recreational departments and clubs.

Other University Forests lands are also open to non-motorized recreational use, including hunting in most cases.  Motorized use associated with approved snow sled trails and ATV's is also permitted on some land.  Be sure to contact the University Forests Office to see if specific uses are allowed on certain forests.

2009-2010 Ski Trail Map






University Forests Office
252 Nutting Hall
University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469-5755
Phone:  207-581-2887 | Fax: 207-581-2875

The University of Maine
, Orono, Maine 04469
A Member of the University of Maine System