For people in Bangor, "quality of life" means having many ways to enjoy life, and so close at hand. Whether it’s right in the city or just a short drive away, the Bangor area provides ways to get out, get active, and have fun.
The Bangor region is surrounded by some of the most spectacular destinations in America for camping, hiking, recreational boating and more. Acadia National Park on the coast and Baxter State Park in the North Woods are both only 90 minutes away. Enjoy a sunset on Cadillac Mountain overlooking Frenchmen’s Bay or hike to the top of Katahdin, Maine’s highest peak and the fabled end of the Appalachian Trail. Fish the Penobscot River or the many lakes and streams in the area. When winter rolls around, you couldn’t be in a better place. Perfect destinations for cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating and even ice fishing are right in or near the city. Downhill skiers can find some of the best peaks in the Northeast just a short drive away.
Of course, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy the outdoors when you’re in Bangor. The Bangor Parks and Recreation Department provides 30 parks and specialized facilities throughout the community. The 650-acre City Forest has over five miles of walking, biking and cross country trails. Stroll along the Kenduskeag Stream or the Penobscot River, or join in the fun during the annual Kenduskeag Stream canoe race, an annual rite of spring. Play a round at our 27 hole municipal golf course – recognized as one of the finest public courses in the State – or enjoy a picnic lunch at historic Cascade Park with its waterfall and fountain.