Peaks-Kenny is a seasonal State Park that lines the shores of Sebec Lake in Dover-Foxcroft, which makes it very convenient to stop and hike after work in a peaceful, wooded setting. The 839-acre park is an area renowned for its natural beauty and outdoor opportunities with Moosehead Lake, the Appalachian Trail, and the southern end of Baxter State Park. For those wanting to spend the night, the park offers 56 camping sites among stately trees and large glacial boulders.
This weekend I took my first hike beside the mile long shoreline along Sebec Lake. The sandy swimming beach offers a beautiful view of Borestone Mountain, a 1600-acre nature sanctuary with a summit trail (Sounds like an interesting adventure for another day). There’s a grassy picnic area with grills for visitors, and a playground at the beach, . The many glacial boulders reminded me of my early childhood climbing days. That was so much fun!
There are ten miles of gentle hiking trails for me to explore through old-growth hardwood forests, hemlock and pines. Sebec Lake, which stretches 10 miles in length, has clean and deep water, making make it an appealing destination for fisherman seeking cold-water fish like landlocked salmon and lake trout and swimmers on a hot August day. Not right now.
In fact, the weather has turned into a cold, rainy day. Lesson for today: get out for an adventure when you have the chance. You never know when it’s going to start raining on your parade. Especially in Maine.