Orono Bog Boardwalk, Maine hiking trails.
Looking for something healthy to do and in the Bangor / Brewer / Orono area of Maine? This blog post highlights the over six hundred acres, more than 4200′ feet of floating decking known as the Orono Bog Boardwalk.
The boardwalk technically starts at the wetland edge of the Bangor City Forest.
But within 800′, you cross the Orono town line. The section of the Orono Bog Boardwalk in the town of Orono is owned by the University of Maine where both Meg and I went to school.
Meg and I did a quick overnight “staycation” in Bangor Maine this past Saturday and spent walk the trail for about 90 minutes on the Orono Bog Boardwalk.
The iron bars to grab near the table land or summit. No blue dashes of a hike up Abol trail at Mt Katahdin all missing. No big hills, the four foot wild section of decking creating the bog walk pathway are easy to maneuver. The low impact walk through the forest sections is all wide, easy to traverse pathways.
Through out the Orono Bog Boardwalk experience, lots of signage explains which birds, what other wildlife and various vegetation types you will find here.
Bring your camera and forget any fear of getting lost. The signage maps make it crystal clear where you are, where you can head depending on the time you allow for the Orono Bog Boardwalk.
The boardwalk is for walkers, wheelchair access users only.
We did see foot traffic hikers with leashed dogs on the wooded trail sections. Thousands of hours and dollars went into the Orono Bog Boardwalk creation and improvements.
QR code maps sync you up with the network of trails so no repeat worries about what happened to Goldie Locks.
The 509 sections of composite decking that ride on aluminum rails, stainless steel footings have rest stop seating areas. Learn more about the Orono Bog Boardwalk.
Lady slippers, Labrador tea, cinnamon ferns, cranberry, bog rosemaryy, tuffed cotton grass, round leave sundew.
The Orono Bog Boardwalk offers up to 140 examples of wildflower species. Lincoln’s sparrows, palm warblers, so many small mammals and amphibians along with random moose or bear might be seen on your bog walk.
The tall healthy pine trees impressed me at the Orono Bog Boardwalk.
Many starting out as one large trunk and then splitting into two as they reached for the sky hungry for sunshine. Winterberry, black ash, oak, red maple along with beech, white birch. Lots of other hard or softwood forest examples provide the scenery and shade along your bog walk. Talk about vegetation and no bugs, no flies. Picked a good day or just kept cuffing along to stay ahead of them. There was breeze and the boardwalk was not over crowded with tourists or locals who frequent this venue.
The Orono Maine raised peat Bog Boardwalk is designated as a National Natural Landmark by the National Park service.
30,000 visitors walk the mile long boardwalk that is a popular local exercise option. Learn more about the natural aspects, the history of the Orono Bog Boardwalk.
When is the bog open for walks, contemplation and a sense of wild wide open space?
Closed during the winter, here are the hours of operation for the Orono Bog Boardwalk. The Orono Bog Boardwalk is roughly 1.3 miles from the Bangor Mall. It offers a variety of Maine hiking trails to explore and to keep it new and different for all ages of walkers. Fresh air, scenery and always something new to learn. Added by the friends of the Orono Bog Boardwalk. Folks and local area businesses who donate so much effort and funding to this near peat bog area of Maine.
Frequent visits are possible because no long multi hour travel time is involved for those living in the Bangor, Brewer, Orono area of Penobscot County Maine.
Heading to Acadia National Park less than an hour to the south in the Bar Harbor area offers more hiking exercise if you want more.
Have a lobster. steamed clams and a local brew while on the waterfront along the Maine coast. Baxter Park to the north is an hour away to access all the hiking trails around Mt Katahdin, Maine’s tallest mountain. Maine is outdoors. Maine is the way life should be. Hope you enjoyed this blog post sharing of our walk along the trails of the Orono Bog Boardwalk in Penobscot County.