Let it snow! For those who love the winter, snowmobiling in Maine can be a dream come true. Maine’s vast trails and outdoor culture provide a playground for explorers. But before you bring your sled, here are some tips to help you start planning your trip.
Pick a destination
There are over 10,000 miles of snowmobile trails in Maine, which means the only limit to snowmobiling is your imagination! Maine’s ITS (Interconnected Trail System) is the backbone of the network, but that’s just the beginning.
The Maine Snowmobile Association is a terrific resource for anyone who wants to hit the snow. They also provide a trail map that’s available at tourism centers or for $2 via mail.
Trails offer an amazing perspective of a large part of the state, with hours and hours of trails to explore. In the winter, snowmobiles are a main form of transportation for residents and visitors alike in places like Greenville / Moosehead Lake, Lincoln, and Aroostook County. In fact, you’ll likely see a few sleds parked outside grocery stores on your visit!
Snowmobiling is generally more popular in places in Maine’s forests and rural areas, away from the coast. If you’re looking for a coastal experience instead, check out the Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park.
Find snowmobile clubs
There are snowmobile clubs in almost every corner of the state, and they often have more comprehensive information about where you can ride. Again, the MSA is a big help; they have a list of snowmobile clubs in Maine.
Volunteers at Maine’s clubs help groom the trails that run throughout the state to make an excellent experience for everyone. In addition, many provide frequent trail reports to give you updates about conditions.
Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife handles snowmobile registration in Maine. If you’re visiting from out of state, be sure to check out their list of registration agents. They also have a fee breakdown on their site.
Finally, remember that Maine’s winter weather is unpredictable, and cell phone reception in remote parts of Maine is spotty or non-existent. Always make sure someone knows your trip plans and dress warmly in layers. Make sure you don’t underestimate the cold, and ride responsibly.
Enjoy exploring Maine!
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