There’s nothing quite as invigorating as these first days of sunshine in Maine. The townsfolk are out and about in varying degrees of blissful shock, making the most of the warm weather and reigniting passions for the outdoors. Each year we’re treated to this sudden, dramatic reminder of how beautiful the place we call home really is. In this entry, we’ll look at a few of our favorite outdoor destinations on and around Thompson Lake.
Ordway Grove Trail
Take a leisurely hike through some of the oldest White Pines in Maine. The grove has been preserved, first privately and later by the Twin Town Nature Club, since the 1700’s. A perfect place to unwind on a sunny Sunday afternoon, the Ordway Grove Trail provides idyllic views of the shores of nearby Pennesseewassee Lake.
Thompson Lake Marina
Explore the waters of Thompson Lake from the comfort of a privately rented boat. Fish, Jet Ski, or just enjoy the peaceful solitude of the lake in spring. The marina provides everything you’ll need for an outing on Thompson Lake.
Oxford Plains Speedway
Hosting everything from drag races to vintage car events and NASCAR races, the Oxford Plains Speedway is a must-see destination for gearheads. The Speedway’s schedule is packed with family-friendly events throughout the spring and summer months. Check out their full lineup here.
Thorncrag Nature Sanctuary
Just a twenty minute drive from Thompson Lake you’ll find the largest bird sanctuary in New England. This 372 acre preserve features a half-mile hike that ends with a breathtaking view of Mount Washington; a must-see destination for nature lovers.
Gray Wildlife Park
Opening this weekend, the Gray Wildlife Park provides visitors with the opportunity to get a close-up look at the beautiful native flora and fauna of Maine. Located just a hop, skip, and a jump from Thompson Lake, a trip to the Gray Wildlife Park should not be missed this spring.
Stay tuned for more updates on the Thompson Lake area from Terry Hewitt. If you are lucky enough to live by the water…you are lucky enough!