Snowshoeing in Maine offers a vigorous outdoor winter workout.

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Snowshoeing around Jackman Maine

Snowshoeing in Maine
The region is known for its hiking and mountain biking trails that travel through forests and up mountains offering nature's beauty and scenic vistas. But hiking is not only a three season sport. Put on your snowshoes and experience the quiet and serenity of the snow-covered landscape this region has to offer, even in the winter.

So what is snowshoeing? It can be taking a leisurely walk in the snow, a casual hike in the woods, an overnight backpack trip, or a climb up to Bald Mountain. Snowshoeing can provide a workout to meet your needs, whatever they are.

Who can snowshoe? A popular saying is 'if you can walk, you can snowshoe'. It does not require any special technique or have a long learning curve, nor requires you to stand in line, purchase lift tickets or hall a trailer. You can start today having fun!

The best part about snowshoeing is it is a relatively inexpensive way to get the whole family doing something together in the winter that does not involve a TV or computer screen.

Whether going out on a leisurely stroll or planning a strenuous hike the following are a few suggestions to remember:

1. Take along the essentials of water, snacks, a compass, and duct tape. (survival gear)
2. Tell someone where you are going.
3. Wear layers of clothes but do not let yourself perspire.

Spend the weekend in the Jackman-Moose River Region with your family or friends, put on your snowshoes, grab a walking stick, and go. You will not believe how much fun you can have!

"Winter is a beautiful time of year, a time of year, when you have more freedom to move about on your own two feet, as opposed to a boat, canoe, or motorized vehicle. You don't have to purchase a ticket to enjoy nature." This is a quote from Snowshoe Tracts, a part of the Northwestern Wilderness of Maine Personal Essays. It says it all.