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The boardwalk is open May 1st through late November.  In addition to the boardwalk, you will find 9.15 additional miles of trails through the Bangor City Forest.  The boardwalk is jointly managed by the Orono Land Trust, the City of Bangor, and the University of Maine.


The Boardwalk is getting a facelift! Due to reconstruction the Boardwalk will open on July 24th at 7am with opening ceremony at noon.

Thank you for your support. If you would like to find out how you can help us as we raise funds for the Phase 2 reconstruction of the Boardwalk please click on the Challenge link.

Driving directions.
Map of Bangor Forest. 
Bangor's website.


Nature Walks Schedule. Details and registration.  Guided walks on the boardwalk are scheduled from May 12th through October. Special tours may be booked for a class, club or senior citizens.  More info.

Welcome from the Director:

The Orono Bog Boardwalk has become a premier destination in the Bangor/Orono area for persons wishing to experience the beauty and fascinating plants and animals of a Maine bog.  The 1-mile boardwalk loop trail begins at the forested wetland edge in the Bangor City Forest, and after 800 feet crosses the town line into the University of Maine owned part of the bog in Orono.  Along the way, it passes through changing vegetation and environments on its way to the open, peat moss carpeted center of the Orono Bog.

Boardwalk visitors encounter a series of well designed, full color signs with illustrations of common species of bog plants and animals, and explanations to go along with them.  Many visitors return to the boardwalk, again and again, to observe the colorful bog and to absorb its tranquil beauty over the changing seasons.  The boardwalk is wheelchair-friendly facility.  Benches for rest and contemplation are provided at least every 200 feet.

I encourage you to take advantage of Nature walks scheduled for this season (more info).  All trips guided by experts in their respective fields.  

Enjoy your time in the bog!

 Jim Bird

Orono Bog Boardwalk Director


  Guided tours of the boardwalk may be arranged for senior citizen groups, school classes, clubs, and other groups by contacting John Maddaus at John_Maddaus@umit.maine.edu  The boardwalk is suitable for wheel chairs. To assure that we will be able to provide your group with a qualified guide, please make your arrangements at least a week in advance.