in early June, my husband and I had the chance to explore the Rolland F. Perry City Forest, a.k.a. Bangor City Forest. It is tucked right in the city of Bangor, Maine. According to the City Website –
“Rolland F. Perry City Forest encompasses more than 680 acres of wildlife habitat and working forest in Bangor, Maine, and features more than 4 miles of access roads and more than 9 miles of trails for running, hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing. It is owned by the city of Bangor and open throughout the year.”
My husband hails from Maine but has not heard of this place until we looked for a place to belatedly celebrate our wedding anniversary.
I was surprised and not too surprised.
Outside of the bigger cities, Maine is wild and forested. In fact, our Maine family home was built in a place that was carved out of the woods. Everywhere I looked, I would see nothing but woods. And that may be why my deary husband did not find the need to go looking for woods elsewhere.
On my part, I never expected to see a forest in the city. I just took it for granted that Bangor would naturally have plenty of trees because that is just the way all of Maine is. I guess I can say that the City Forest is hidden in plain sight.
We spent hours walking around this place (and the Orono Boardwalk nearby which will be the subject of a future separate post). Because we visited during a working day during working hours, not too many people were around. But there were a some mothers and children, and families who took advantage of the first sunny day in a week of rains.
We had so much fun walking (like a young couple), the sun was already setting when we headed out. What lucky Bangor people to have this kind of place right on their doorstep.