St. John Valley

Four Seasons Trail blazes a new path

MADAWASKA, Maine — The Four Seasons Trail Association made way for a new extension at the Four Seasons Trail and Lodge in Madawaska. 

Four Seasons is a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote year-round outdoor recreation, according to its Facebook page. Through cross country skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing and nature hikes, Four Seasons wants to encourage healthier lifestyles and appreciation for the natural beauty of Aroostook County.

The project was to extend the Powerline Loop at the trail from 9 km to 10 km — from approximately 5.5 miles to a little more than 6 miles. To do so, the volunteers with the FSTA, along with some Madawaska High School soccer players, broke open a new trail “to provide  a smooth transition back into the main trail.” 

New signs and posts were installed to mark the new trail, which University of Maine at Fort Kent forestry professor Jeff Dubis mapped out, according to Colin Jandreau, president of the Four Seasons Board of Directors. 

Jandreau said there were three main reasons why the trail is so important. First, the path created a longer loop in the woods to benefit skiers on windy days as well as enhancing the marathon races. Second, Jandreau said the new trail provides a better approach to Scream Hill, an alternative trail for races. And finally, the trail will “provide a change to mix up the skiing experience at Four Seasons while also incorporating land we were not using, all at a very reasonable cost.” 

Jandreau said that getting outside this winter during the pandemic will be extra important to help people cope during the pandemic. 

“With a total of 15km [more than nine miles] of ski trails and 14km [more than 8.5 miles] of snowshoe trails available, FSTA is a great place to do that,” Jandreau said. “Despite the colder temperatures and windy days during the winter, a properly dressed individual can easily enjoy several hours of outdoor recreation by using the ski or snowshoe trails. With varying loop distances a person can choose the right length of trail for their needs.”

While anyone can enjoy the trails, since upkeep is costly, Jandreau and the association encourage people to either become members of the lodge or make donations when they use the facilities. Membership information and maps can be found at www.fourseasonstrails.org.

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