Autumn is a great time to experience Maine's woodland offerings. Shannon Bryan from FitMaine.com shares her picks for the next two weeks.
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 23-25. Sugarloaf Outdoor Center, Kingfield. $60 day pass, $100 weekend pass.
Guided rides for all levels, skills clinics, free demos and nightly outdoor concerts. You can camp all weekend or pop in for the day. Bring the kids, too!
Acadia Night Sky Festival
Through Sunday, Sept. 25. Acadia National Park. Some events free, various prices for others.
Bioluminescent & Star Gazing Paddle (7-10 p.m. each night - $55) in Castine Harbor under a blanket of stars and in the midst of bioluminescent organisms of the water that swirl and light up with every stroke of your paddle. There's plenty of star gazing all weekend long, as well as speakers, photography workshops, boat cruises and a Star Party on Cadillac Mountain. (Sept 24 is free park entry thanks to Public Lands Day.)
Camden Snow Bowl Trail Fest
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Camden Snow Bowl, Camden. $30-$60.
The 5K run climbs one side of Ragged Mountain, rewarding the runner with spectacular views from the top. (There's a 3K option for those of us who are less inclined to run up moutains.) There's also a 10K bike ride AND festival, with music, food, gear tents, chaiflift rides, camping and pancake breakfast Sunday morning.
Insane Inflatable 5K
Waves run from 8:30-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. University of Maine Athletic Fields, Orono. $65 in advance, $75 day of.
A 5K made up of inflatable obstacles. It’s just impossible for inflatable obstacles to be daunting or scary, right? They just seem so friendly and puffy.
Race Through the Woods
9 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 2. Hidden Valley Nature Center, Jefferson. $20 (5.5 mile race), $30 (half marathon).
Tackle the half marathon or 5.5-mile race through the woods at Hidden Valley Nature Center. Afterward, enjoy local food and a selection of local beers.
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