There’s so many great hiking and paddling opportunities in Maine, they can’t possibly all be contained to just the state’s amazing parks. Other public lands in the state – many that you may not have heard about – have the same opportunities for wilderness solitude and outdoor adventure, but without the parks’ crowds.

These are Maine’s Public Reserved Lands, and there’s over a half million acres of this land across the state. These lands are different from state parks in that they’re managed for both recreation and timber.  They’re usually more rugged than parks, with fewer facilities for the public, and are held up as models of multiple use management. 

The Forests for Maine’s Future put together a list of 5 of Maine’s most popular Public Reserved Lands. Check them out to start planning your next adventure far from the crowds.

Read more about 5 great places for hiking and paddling in Maine’s Public Reserved Lands.