Take A Hike: Pineland Farms is a hub of outdoor winter sports

From cross-country skiing trails to a sledding hill, there’s hardly any seasonal activity you can’t do on its New Gloucester grounds.

| Amy Paradysz – Press Herald |

Perhaps the most beloved spot in Southern Maine for cross-country skiing, Pineland Farms has more than 18 miles of trails maintained with high-end grooming equipment.

“We have, usually, the best conditions for cross-country skiing in the area,” said instructor Muzzy Barton, a semi-retired lifelong cross-country skier from Cape Elizabeth. “Cross-country skiing is considered one of the most physically demanding sports, working every part of the body. And it’s a lifelong sport.”

The cross-country trails at Pineland are so well maintained that teams from Bates and Bowdoin colleges and several regional high schools in Greater Portland practice here, despite the commute to New Gloucester. Keep reading