MAINE

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QUARRY ROAD RE­CRE­ATION AREA

The Nordic ski trails at Quarry Road Re­cre­ation Area are oper­ated in part­ner­ship with the City of Water­ville and of­fer all lev­els of cross-coun­try ski­ing at its best, close to down­town Water­ville and the nearby cap­i­tal of Au­gusta. The be­gin­ner cross-coun­try skier can start at the first park­ing lot with a flat groomed prac­tise area to warm up and try out Nordic-ski­ing skills on a very small hill. The beau­ti­ful River Loop has sev­eral short up-and-down tran­si­tions as the cross-coun­try skier en­joys views of Mes­sa­lonskee Stream. A sec­ond park­ing lot is also avail­able to start your cross-coun­try-ski­ing ad­ven­ture. The warm-up area is home to the many games played on skis for the chil­dren in the Cen­tral Maine Ski Club, which of­fers a pop­u­lar af­ter-school Nordic-ski­ing pro­gram in the area.

Har­ris Farm

Forty kilo­me­tres of trails me­an­der across the open fields and shel­tered forests of the 500-acre dairy and veg­etable farm. Trails range from gen­tle be­gin­ners' loops to rolling ter­rain for more ad­vanced skiers. Thirty kilo­me­tres are groomed with wide skat­ing lanes and 35 kilo­me­tres are track-set.

The lodge houses a com­mon room with wood­stove, re­tail and rental shop, re­strooms and kitchen area. Hot­dogs, snacks and hot drinks are for sale on the week­ends. Or bring your own snacks and lunches to eat in the large sun­room while warm­ing up af­ter a day of ski­ing. And re­mem­ber, Har­ris Farm choco­late milk is the best sport-re­cov­ery drink.

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