Are you ready to hit the winter trails near Blue Hill, Maine? Whether you’re looking to hike, snowshoe, or go cross-country skiing, we have the perfect trail recommendations. Explore the scenic routes, take in the coastal Maine landscape, and thaw out by the fireside in your cozy room at our historic Inn when your adventure is over.
The best time of year for snowy hiking in Maine, plus cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, is typically during the winter months from December through March. This period offers the most consistent snow cover. Remember that specific weather conditions vary yearly, so it’s best to check local trail conditions and weather forecasts for the most accurate information before planning your trip.
All trails listed below are dog-friendly, provided you keep your four-legged friend on a leash.
Trails for Cross-Country Skiing
Backwood Mountain Trail (26-minute drive to trailhead)
Check out the Backwood Mountain Trail at Holbrook Island Sanctuary if you want to escape the daily grind and enjoy winter tranquility. This 2.0-mile loop, taking around 53 minutes to navigate, is excellent for cross-country skiing enthusiasts. The trail provides a moderate challenge and becomes a snowy haven during winter.
Surry Forest Loop (15-minute drive to trailhead)
The Surry Forest Loop Trail is another laid-back cross-country skiing escape we highly recommend. This 4.7-mile loop is an easy-going route, taking about 1 hour and 37 minutes on average. The Surry Forest is perfect for birding, hiking, and, of course, cross-country skiing; the trail offers a peaceful retreat. Feel free to bring your four-legged companion along – they might even get to roam off-leash in certain areas.
Trails for Snowshoeing
Peter’s Brook Trail (3-min drive to trailhead)
We suggest checking out Peter’s Brook Trail at Blue Hill Heritage Trust for a top-notch snowshoeing adventure. This 1.1-mile out-and-back trail offers a moderately challenging experience, taking around 28 minutes on average. Whether you’re into birding, hiking, or specifically seeking the winter charm of snowshoeing, this trail has got you covered.
Blue Hill Mountain via Becton Trail (6-min drive to trailhead)
Another snowshoeing experience we recommend is the Blue Hill Mountain hike via Becton Trail. This 4.9-mile out-and-back trail is a moderately challenging route, taking about 2 hours and 18 minutes on average. When weather permits, the summit of Blue Hill Mountain offers a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape, including expansive vistas that include Blue Hill Bay, the nearby islands, and the picturesque coastal terrain. This is the perfect opportunity to appreciate the natural beauty of the Blue Hill region all year round!
Trails for Hiking
Blue Hill Trail (4-min drive to trailhead)
Only a quick drive from the Inn, the Blue Hill Trail is a solid choice for those seeking a moderately challenging hike without the fuss. Clocking in at around 2.0 miles for the out-and-back journey, it’s an ideal escape for those looking to stretch their legs without a marathon commitment. On average, expect to spend a leisurely 1 hour and 12 minutes soaking up the outdoors. The trail offers a glimpse of Maine’s natural landscape, with subtle inclines that won’t leave you gasping for breath. As you stroll along, watch for the rewarding view that awaits at the peak—nature’s postcard, making the trek all the more worthwhile.
Ship Harbor Trail at Acadia National Park (58-min drive to trailhead)
Discover the easygoing charm of the Ship Harbor Trail, a 1.4-mile loop near Bass Harbor, Maine. In just 28 minutes, you can meander through this laid-back trail, enjoying the simple pleasures of nature without breaking a sweat. While it’s a popular spot for birding, hiking, and running, the friendly vibe ensures you won’t feel crowded. Take your time to soak in the tranquil surroundings and, if lucky, catch a glimpse of the local wildlife. The Ship Harbor Trail is the perfect way to unwind and connect with nature, making it a must-do during your stay at the Inn.
Restful Stay at Blue Hill Inn
With plenty of snow-covered trails less than an hour from the Inn and catering to a wide range of experience levels, it’s no wonder this region is such a beloved destination for anyone looking to hit the trails this winter. Check availability for your winter getaway today, and get ready to explore these winter trails in and around Blue Hill, Maine.
Published February 2024