Location: Skowhegan, Somerset County, right off Route 2 between Skowhegan and Canaan
Description: Lovely lake and 320-acre day-use park consisting of woods owned by the state and administered by the Lake George Corporation.
Activities: Swimming, fishing, canoeing/kayaking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, walking/running, picnicking
Favorite Season(s) to Visit: Summer and fall
Why It’s Special: There are so many woods trails that, having visited often for the last 20 years, now and then I still manage to get a bit disoriented, in a relaxed, happy kind of way. Well, yes there are maps, which you should take if you have a tight schedule to keep. Meanwhile, the lake is almost always hosted by loons. The picnic and swimming area on the east side of the lake is perfect for kids.
Tips: In the summer time, fees suggested for using trails and required for the swimming area – well worth it if you can spend a couple hours. Two entrances, one on the east side and one on the west, both right along Route 2.
More info and directions: http://www.lakegeorgepark.org