I love a bargain. Sale is probably my favorite four letter word. So when we bought our first Maine state park pass, I was excited to learn that if you buy it after August 15th it is actually good through the end of the following year which meant we could go on even more hiking adventures.
When the credit card sized blue pass arrived in the mail, we started researching state parks and making plans. While we had already hiked many trails throughout the state, we hadn’t yet gone to many of the state parks so this was our opportunity to try some new destinations.
Our first winter hike while using our park pass was to Bradbury Mountain State Park in Pownal. Fate was kind to us and it was the perfect day to visit.
The park was hosting a family event and loaning out snowshoes for free to visitors. We had only snowshoed one time prior to this hike. It was during the Great Maine Outdoor Weekend which I blogged about in my post 5 Things I Learned Snowshoeing at Sebago Lake State Park.
I discovered on that first trip, that I enjoy snowshoeing. We’ve even been looking to buy some of our own snowshoes, but like the kayaks we’ve been talking about getting for almost five years now, it’s still a someday kind of thing. Fortunately, we didn’t need them on this particular day as we were able to borrow them for free.
I don’t remember the trek to the summit being especially strenuous, and generally I remember those climbs that are more challenging. Ask me about our hike up Pleasant Mountain in The Forks sometime. That one remains a painful memory. The trail we hiked at Bradbury Mountain State Park was much easier. We reached the top and got to enjoy beautiful 360 views of the surrounding area.
It’s always a great feeling when you reach the top of a mountain hike. It’s an accomplishment topped off by lovely views. Bradbury Mountain State Park has a granite area at the peak that is a bit of a scramble to get on top of, but then it’s a great place to hang out with a snack and enjoy the views which is exactly what we did.
Have you ever tried snowshoeing? Do you enjoy it?
I’m participating in a Blogging A-Z Challenge for April 2018. I will be posting new content every day this month except most Sundays. Each post is associated with a letter of the alphabet, starting with A and ending with Z. My theme for the challenge is Winters in Maine. To read more of my A to Z posts, click HERE.
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|Place||Bradbury Mountain State Park|
|Address||528 Hallowell Road
Pownal, ME 04069
|Website||Bradbury Mountain State Park|
|Favorite ♥||Free Snowshoe Rental!|