Year Round Outdoor Activities

Maine enjoys four full seasons, each beautiful and fun-filled in their own way. In the spring, summer, and fall, visitors and members of the Fort Kent Outdoor Center can enjoy mountain biking, disc golfing, and hiking through a deciduous forest. In the winter months, FKOC boasts some of the best-groomed trails in New England for nordic skiing and snowshoeing. Our sledding hill is always a draw for families looking to get outside as well.

Winter Activities

Cross Country Skiing

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Snowshoeing

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Skijoring

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Need Equipment?

Our state of the art lodge boasts a full service rental shop, we can provide you with the equipment you need to enjoy all that The Fort Kent Outdoor Center has to offer. Try some of our Cross Country Skis, or toss on a pair of Snowshoes and enjoy our winter walking trails.

Spring, Summer, and Fall Activities

No Snow Biathlon

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Rollerskiing

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Orienteering

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Walking & Hiking

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Biathlon

Biathlon, a two phase athletic pursuit is typically practiced in the summertime using Roller Skis on the paved trails through the Stadium at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center. The athlete will stop and shoot at the targets in the range that is set up in the Stadium. Biathletes must be in a program or have permission from Carl Theriault or Hannah Streinz in order to shoot on the range.

For more information please contact Carl Theriault at theriault.carl@hotmail.com or Hannah Streinz at hannahstreinz@gmail.com

Cross country Skiing

As one of the first ski centers in the Northeast to have snow in the fall and the last to hang up our skis in April, plus a fantastic grooming crew, the Fort Kent Outdoor Center is becoming the No.1 choice for cross country skiing. Come check out our trails!

Snowshoeing

We currently have seven miles of snowshoe trails surrounding the venue. They range from easy and rolling to those that are steeper and more difficult. Many of the trails interconnect, allowing for outings of varying lengths.

The trails can be accessed at three of our trailheads: FKOC, Red Barn and Lonesome Pine Trails. Grab a map or access it on your smartphone and follow the yellow snowshoe signs. The trail intersections are numbered and have directional signs to make the trails easy to navigate.

Skijoring

Skiing with a dog attached with a harness has become popular with dog lovers. We have hosted several Skijoring events during the Can-Am.

No Snow Biathlon

Biathlon combines the sports of cross country skiing and marksmanship. A sport that started as a military exercise and strategy in Scandinavia is now an Olympic event. In the summer months Biathlon is typically practiced using Roller Skis on the paved trails through the Stadium at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center. The athlete will stop and shoot at the targets in the range that is set up in the Stadium. Biathletes must be in a program or have permission from Carl Theriault or Hannah Streinz in order to shoot on the range.

For more information please contact Carl Theriault at theriault.carl@hotmail.com, or Hannah Streinz at hannahstreinz@gmail.com.

Roller skiing

Roller Skiing has become a popular Spring/Summer/Fall exercise for nordic skiers. There are ___K (___Miles) of paved trails at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center with great beginner loops in the Stadium. For those interested in learning, we have the Jalbert Program which is a great starting point for training on skis or roller skis.

Please contact Carl Theriault at theriaultcarl@hotmail.com or Hannah Streinz at hannahstreinz@gmail.com for more information.

Non-members are asked to pay a trail fee, “in the form of buying a day pass” when using our great trails.

Disc Golf

Similar to the sport of golf, disc golf involves frisbee-like equipment including a driver, a mid-range, and a putter being thrown into a metal basket. FKOC offers an 18-hole disc golf course that meanders through a variety of snowshoe, bike, and ski trails.

Disc golfers can rent discs at the Disc Golf Kiosk located on the outside of the lodge, or they can bring their own.

You can find our disc golf map on the UDisc App, or you can print our course map. The price of a round of disc golf is $5.00 per person, or it’s free for those with an annual membership.

Biking

Bring the whole family for an easy ride on the paved loop or we have an Intermediate route for those who want a little more challenge on grassy trails. Please yield to roller skiers, walkers and horses.

Our MOUNTAIN BIKE single track trails are amazing, there are many trails geared for beginner, to advanced bikers. Some trails are currently under construction but there are already 20+ miles of trails ready to ride.

Example Orienteering Marker Point

By definition, orienteering is a race in which participants use a highly detailed map and possibly a compass to navigate their way between checkpoints along an unfamiliar course.

On an orienteering course, individuals can strengthen their map reading skills and groups can strengthen their team-building, all while enjoying the great outdoors.

Beginner and Intermediate courses are available! Great for youth and adult groups! For more information, or to schedule your group event, email info@fortkentoc.org or message us on Facebook!

Contact the FKOC and arrange to pick up a map(s). The map will have between 6 and 10 points for you to find.

You will be given a Punch Card. As you find each listed point, you must punch the card in the correct box.

Orienteering Score Card

Study the map and orient yourself based on the buildings, trails or other markers. The head out in search of your points/markers!

Once you have found all of your points, return to the lodge to have your punch card checked for accuracy. If you are just trying it out for fun, you can omit this step. We hope you enjoy orienteering here at the Fort Kent Outdoor Center!

Walking/Hiking

In the spring, summer and fall, our ski and snowshoe trails become our walking and hiking trails. All the trails are accessible from the FKOC venue. All of our 17 miles of ski trails are open for walking/running, but only 12 miles are paved or mowed and on dry ground. The seven miles of snowshoeing trails provide excellent hiking opportunities.

We have a series of Diamond Trails, which are marked with colored diamonds. These utilize the paved trails, grass ski trails and woodsy snowshoe trails. Each trail lists its length, degree of difficulty and approximate time to complete. Sturdy shoes are recommended.

Running trails map

Running

We have many trails that are good for running! Our new Mountain Bike trails have excellent footing and if you would like hills for endurance training there are too many to count!

Many local runners start at Lonesome Pine Trails and take the “Green Bean” Trails up to the FKOC trails. There are also well marked paved trails that start at the Main Parking Lot and for the adventurous there are numerous directions you can go on wider nordic skiing trails and wooded snowshoe trails. Non-Members may pay a trail fee in the Donation Box located in the FKOC parking lot or you can buy a “day pass” for the trails using the link below.

  • Grand Outlook
  • Open
  • Spike's Loop
  • Open
  • Piste Acadienne
  • Closed
  • Mickey's Way
  • Closed
  • Violette Settlement Trail
  • Closed
  • Volunteer Way
  • Open
  • Green Bean Trail
  • Closed
  • Saenger's Challenge
  • Closed
  • Piste du Voyageur
  • Groomed Skate
  • Can Am Trail
  • Groomed Skate
  • Waska Loop
  • Groomed Skate

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