Skowhegan, Maine, is now home to Brickyard Hollow, a cozy community hangout serving up tasty local craft beer and hand-crafted pizza right in the heart of historic downtown. We’re all about good food, good drinks, and good company. We’re excited to share some fantastic things to do here in Skowhegan, a place rich in history, traditions, and natural beauty.
Skowhegan is an Abenaki word meaning “Place to Watch”, which describes this scenic town perfectly. Famous for its stunning 28-foot waterfall, Skowhegan Falls, located on the Kennebec River. It was a popular fishing spot for the local tribe. Today, it’s still known for its scenic views and outdoor recreation.
In this blog, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite things to do in this beautiful town. If you plan to visit Brickyard Hollow in Skowhegan, Maine, be sure to check out these fun activities while you’re here enjoying the best craft pizza in Skowhegan!
Things to Do in Skowhegan, Maine: Enjoy The Great Outdoors
If you’re looking for things to do in Skowhegan, Maine, we recommend heading outdoors whenever possible! Skowhegan is known for its outdoor recreation, including nature preserves, public parks, and well-maintained trails. Keep reading for some of our favorite outdoor activities.
Explore Scenic Hiking and Biking Trails
Skowhegan, Maine, has plenty of scenic trails for walking, hiking, and biking. One of our favorites is the Debe Park Riverwalk, which meanders through the woods overlooking the Kennebec River Gorge. This ADA-accessible walkway has fitness stations, picnic tables, and benches along its route. The main trail is 0.5 miles, but for a longer walk, visitors can start from downtown and cross the Skowhegan Walking Bridge to access the Debe Park River Walk.
Another great hiking option is the Haselton Street Trail, which forms three distinct loops through a white pine forest. The loops vary in difficulty, with the one closest to Haselton Street being ADA-compliant. Bridges and stairs have been added to help navigate steeper and wetter sections of the trails, making it a great choice for hikers of all levels, including children. You can access this trail from both Heselton Street and Memorial Fields at the end of East Maple Street. This loop will take about 45 minutes to complete.
For a shorter, kid-friendly hike, try the Marti Stevens Trail. Located behind the Marti Stevens Learning Center, this trail provides stunning views of the Kennebec River and its surroundings. Look for remnants of the old ski jump and the Marti Stevens Learning Center geocache. This trail is about 0.5 miles.
If you’re up for a more extensive hike, head to the UMaine Cooperative Yankee Woodlot & Demonstration Forest. This trail system starts at the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Office on County Drive and offers diverse forest habitats and open fields. You can enjoy snowshoeing and cross-country skiing here during the winter months. The Inner and Outer Loop combined covers 2.2 miles.
See Fall Foliage At Lake George Regional Park
Lake George Regional Park is an excellent spot to see beautiful foliage if you’re visiting Skowhegan in the fall. With two sandy beaches, a boat launch, playing fields, and hiking trails, it’s a great spot to immerse yourself in fall colors. Check out the trails on the east side for wide, easy paths – perfect for taking photos.
Enjoy Family Friendly Activities in Downtown Skowhegan
Are you looking for some indoor fun? Head to Central Maine Family Fun Bowling Center and enjoy regular 10-pin bowling with family and friends. The center offers affordable bowling rates with special deals for families. They also have a large selection of arcade games and pool tables!
The Strand originally opened in 1929 with one theater seating 1000 people. In 2004, a full restoration of the main theater was completed, featuring new stadium seating for 425 people, and in 2005, two additional theaters were added, each seating 175 people and featuring balconies. The restored historic venue now houses three theaters showing first-run movies, complete with a lobby and concessions. Don’t miss their awesome $5.00 movies on Tuesdays!
Did you know that Gifford’s Ice Cream was created and is still made in Skowhegan? Visit their very first ice cream stand and play a round of mini golf!