While almost all of the northern part of Maine’s Kennebec Valley is considered prime recreation areas, there are some designated spots that Maine has put aside specifically for us to enjoy the great outdoors.
The grounds around Colburn House State Historic Site (open daily until sunset) are prime for spotting wildlife and birds as well as for fishing. From Solon to Bingham you can travel along the Kennebec Valley Trail, which consists of 8 miles of spectacular views that take riders along the edge of the Kennebec River. This route includes the historic "Arnold Trail" on the Kennebec River. Ideal for ATV and snowmobile riding the trail is open for year-round use.
Accessed from Rockwood-on-Moosehead by boat (or over the frozen lake in winter) Mt. Kineo State Park is a treasure that you need to experience for yourself. A rich network of trails takes you to the top for panoramic views of the region. Spot bald eagles, moose, and migratory birds along the way.
While not a state park, the Lake George Regional Park in Canaan, just a few miles from Skowhegan, is one of the prettiest places to spend the day. Enjoy a picnic out in the island-like peninsula or splash around in the swimming area. Later you can take a hike up the mountain for a more spectacular views.