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5 Reasons Why You Should Stay at Newcastle Inn

Whether you are planning a weekend getaway, business trip, or a family vacation; booking your stay at Newcastle Inn is the best way to go! From our quiet and tranquil location to our cozy and charming […]

Winter Activities & Events in Mid-Coast Maine

Winter is here! While summer days along the Maine coast are what people look forward to all year long, winter in Maine is a special time of year with snow-dusted sand dunes, glistening lighthouses, fe […]

How to Spend the Holidays in Midcoast Maine

It’s that time of year again, when snow blankets the rugged coastline, villages are lit with colorful lights, and the aroma of hot chocolate lingers in the air. With traditional holiday events, Midcoa […]

Experience Maine Woods at Hidden Valley Nature Center

Outdoor enthusiasts who stay at Newcastle Inn often visit one of the environmental gems of Midcoast Maine, the Hidden Valley Nature Center. The center, located in Jefferson, about 15 miles north of Newcastle, has more than 30 miles of trails for hiking in the summer and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

Hidden Valley Nature Center is community-based and run by a non-profit corporation that aims to provide year-round opportunities for non-motorized recreation, offer education about the natural world and to model innovative, sustainable forestry practices. The center comprises one of the largest areas of undeveloped forest land in the Midcoast Maine region, and also has about a mile of shoreline along 112-acre Little Dyer Pond. The land also features some steep rock walls, gorges, vernal pools and many small ponds. Each year the center offers more than 50 educational opportunities, including programs about ecology, forestry, botany and outdoor recreation. Winter programs this year include sessions on cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, animal tracking, and winter camping. The center hosts the annual Liberal Cup Biathlon in February.

During the summer, the center’s trails are popular for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. Because Little Dyer Pond is fairly secluded, canoe paddlers and fishermen usually find quiet waters. The center’s efforts to experiment with and promote sustainable forestry were recognized with a 2014 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year award from the American Tree Farm Society. Hidden Valley Nature Center is a hidden gem that allows visitors to experience Maine woods without leaving the Midcoast. Please ask us for information and directions if you’d like to visit the center during your stay at Newcastle Inn.

Recent Blog Post

5 Reasons Why You Should Stay at Newcastle Inn

Whether you are planning a weekend getaway, business trip, or a family vacation; booking your stay at Newcastle Inn is the best way to go! From our quiet and tranquil location to our cozy and charming […]

Winter Activities & Events in Mid-Coast Maine

Winter is here! While summer days along the Maine coast are what people look forward to all year long, winter in Maine is a special time of year with snow-dusted sand dunes, glistening lighthouses, fe […]

How to Spend the Holidays in Midcoast Maine

It’s that time of year again, when snow blankets the rugged coastline, villages are lit with colorful lights, and the aroma of hot chocolate lingers in the air. With traditional holiday events, Midcoa […]

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