Maine is a true wonderland for outdoor sports enthusiasts. Home to thousands of miles of mixed-use trails, Maine is a great place to off-road with an ATV or other vehicle. While most people will head to the northern woods, one of Maine’s hidden gems is found in the southern part. Here’s how to make the most out of your adventure at Jugtown Forest.
You’ll want a hearty breakfast before you hit the trails for the day. Stop at Chutes Family Restaurant in Windham where they serve the “best breakfast in Lakes Region.” Chutes is a longtime local favorite and you’ll know why as soon as you take the first bite of your breakfast. The breads and pastries are baked fresh daily and you’ll find plenty of traditional dishes like omelets, hash n’ eggs, and pancakes.
In 1848, Hancock Land Company purchased a 400-acre timber forest in Casco and began logging it over the decades. Since the 1800s, the forest has grown to 5,000 acres and is currently open to the public to enjoy horseback riding, ATVing, snowmobiling, and more. Come visit the Jugtown Forest today and find out why it’s one of the best places to go off-roading in Southern Maine!
After spending a day off-roading on the miles of trails through the Eastern White Pine forest, head to the Black Bear Café, an authentic Irish pub, for a pint of cold beer. Hailing from Ireland, the owners offer a warm and inviting ambiance with great food. There is live music on most weekend nights and you’ll enjoy local favorites like steaks, salads, and seafood. Along with local craft brews on tap, you’ll have your choice of Guinness and a variety of Irish whiskeys.
Established in 1783, the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village is home to the only active Shaker community in the world. Located on a picturesque 1,800 acres in New Gloucestor, the village is home to a working farm, crafts center, and more. Throughout the year, the Village hosts special events and open farm days. The museum is open daily during the summer months and filled with relics from the past. And, you certainly don’t want to miss the chance to learn woodworking, basket making, or textile arts from some of the best craftspeople in America.
Rattlesnake Mountain in Raymond is a small mountain with excellent views of Panther Pond, Crescent Lake, and Sebago Lake. The Bri-Mar Trail can be accessed by Route 85 and is a popular day hike. This 2.5-mile intermediate hiking trail only gains 629 feet, but is a fun hike for the whole family and a great way to burn some calories.
For over 40 years, Point Sebago Resort has been providing award-winning camping, entertainment, and golf. Offering campsites, resort cottages, and park homes, you have a variety of accommodation options to choose from for your weekend away. Enjoy incredible waterfront views of Sebago Lake, free Wi-Fi, and tons of activities and entertainment. You certainly won’t be bored here.