The Orono Bog Boardwalk is a must-see spot in the Greater Bangor region. Whether you’re visiting Bangor for a business trip, taking a day trip with the kids, or en route north for a Maine woods adventure, a visit to the Boardwalk is always a treat.
Located adjacent to the Bangor City Forest, the Orono Bog Boardwalk is a mile-long loop. It’s a joint venture between the University of Maine, City of Bangor, and the Orono Land Trust. The path takes you through a wetland into a colorful peat bog, and back through the wetlands again. Visitors have the chance to encounter a variety of bog plants and animals from May through October. Find pitcher plants and blueberry bushes, warblers and frogs. It’s a great place to learn about Maine’s varied natural environments.
In some places, the “floating” boardwalk traverses peat that is 25 feet deep. The flora changes depending on the season. In the spring, ferns unfurl along the path. Summertime brings pitcher plants, pink and purple flowers, and blueberries. In the fall, the leaves are ablaze with orange, yellow, and red hues.
The Boardwalk does not permit bicycle riding or pets. However, they are permitted on the trails in the Bangor City Forest. Please leash your pets while using the trails.
The Orono Bog Boardwalk is a wheelchair friendly path, and there are educational signs and resting benches along the entire route. Join a planned nature walk or explore on your own!
Words and photos by Melanie Brooks