There are many biking trails in the Machias area.
UMM is located in a perfect location for many modes of outdoor recreation. The ocean, two beautiful rivers, several lakes, and large tracts of forest are accessible and only minutes from campus. Our students take advantage of this natural environment for class work, service opportunities, and pure enjoyment.
The ocean provides special opportunities. With its 16 foot tides, the nearby ocean is rich in wildlife and holds many beautiful pristine islands. The strong ocean currents make ocean travel a challenging learning experience. Students enjoy sea kayaking, sailing, and hiking along the rocky coast.
The rivers and lakes are ideal for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, sailing, swimming and more. Some courses are designed to use these resources exclusively, but many students enjoy exploring these areas in their free time.
The forested areas of Washington County provide opportunities for an outdoor classroom for map and compass, search and rescue, recreational hunting and other coursework. Trails leading from campus through the woods nearby are used for hiking, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, viewing wildlife, and just as a place to get away.
UMM is also a short drive from Acadia National Park where students enjoy rock climbing, hiking on primitive trails, biking on the carriage road system, and relaxing on the beautiful beaches. We are also very close to several state parks including Roque Bluffs State Park, Cobscook Bay State Park, and Quoddy Head State Park. All three are coastal parks, which in combination contain wonderful opportunities for coastal hiking, paddling, camping, photography and sight seeing.
- Roque Bluffs State Park - Roque Bluffs
- Cobscook Bay State Park - Edmunds
- Quoddy Head State Park - Lubec
- Shackford Head State Park - Eastport
- Acadia National Park - Mount Desert Island